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Pros: 4 true cores
great stock fan
Zen architecture, future ready
Cons: slightly lower IPC and clock speed
not dipped in gold
Overall Review: This is a fantastic budget processor. It's four true cores are great for multi-tasking, and AMD knows right where it's audience is, budget.
Reviewers seem to love to say it's not as good as the i3 7350k counterpart, but the i3 needs a much more expensive Z270 board to OC, only has 2 true cores, and doesn't have a stock cooler.
This CPU blows everything out of the water. The stock heatsink keeps it well in check, and leaves room for overclocking. Picking up an aftermarket cooler will improve thermals even further
Pros: Amazing price, great over-clocker, fast and capable, stable, same socket as the more powerful Ryzen chips, with 3.7GHz overclock it seems to be faster at most tasks than my FX-8350 at stock clock, and uses like 2/3rds the electrons.
Cons: Quad-core with no hyperthreading (or whatever AMD calls it) which may hinder it in content creation situations
Overall Review: I bought this chip to pair with my MSI M7 ACK motherboard. The intent was to run this chip for a year or so and then pick up a Ryzen 7 chip, but after using the chip for a while I have no reason to even trade it out for a Ryzen 5! After reading a bit about its overclock potential I overclocked it to 3.7 GHz on the stock voltage, cooled with an EVO 212, and it's extremely snappy and fully stable. I use my computer for MS Office applications, web surfing, some video editing in Adobe Premier, and a bit of gaming (X-Com, X-Com2, Mutant Year Zero...I like strategy games). Paired with my GTX 1070 FTW graphics card I can play any of these games on max settings without a problem and video rendering is plenty quick enough for me as a non-professional. If the release of AMD's next socket drops prices on AM4 chips I'll probably consider finally getting that Ryzen 7 for the sake of future-proofing, but this little powerhouse does all I need and more! Well done AMD...slow-clap.
Pros: - Is an UNLOCKED processor, meaning overclocking is possible, and even encouraged as it has a bit of headroom past 3.5Ghz(caps at 3.9-4.0Ghz)
- Definitely a multitasking CPU
- Is strong enough to be bottlenecked by an RX 560 GPU(CPU would reach 40-60% in games where GPU maxed at 100%, even CPU heavy games)
- Comes with amazing stock cooler
- Can do everything the Ryzen 5 can, but a wee bit slower on multithreaded tasks
- Sufficient for gaming as Twitch streamer or YouTube content creator
- Low power consumption and therefore not very hot, meaning computer stays quiet
Cons: - As with all of the Ryzen CPUs, cannot be overclocked reliably past 4.0-4.1Ghz, even with liquid cooling solution.
- SMT(multi-threading cores to synthetically double them) is not enabled on this CPU.
Overall Review: This is one of the value CPU kings on the market right now, and if this were released 3-4 years ago, Intel would be struggling very, very hard to catch up. Despite AMD's reputation, this proves to be one of the best components they've ever sold. I'm very happy with my purchase.
Please, get this over the 1200 because it provides a more reliable overclock(which can sit at 3.9 with air cooling) as well as a noticeable increase in overall performance. If you're afraid to overclock and don't really want to, DO IT ANYWAYS! Don't trust Auto-OC software and stuff like that... I suggest learning that stuff on this CPU, as you can get a lot more out of it making tweaks to voltage and clocks yourself. Why settle for 80% of what a thing has to offer if you can have 95%?
Pros: -quad core
Overall Review: My first AMD CPU and I have to say I was a little sceptical because of how cheap it was. But it runs all my games fine. GTAV 60fps no problem.
Pros: Low cost, low wattage great performance easy to overclock
Overall Review: All the Ryzen processors are great overclockers . I got the same oc that I got with my Ryzen 1700 . Both chips are running at 3.8ghz and with stock cooling to. highly recommended.
Pros: AMD ryzen 1300X processors are absolutely awesome, in my opinion, they run as well as and I5 7500. they work really well with the NVIDIA GT 710, GTX 1050 TI, Radeon R7 250, and the Radeon R7 260x.
Cons: no problems with the ryzen processors yet, hoping there will not be any. the only problem with these processors or that they do not have integrated Graphics so you must have a dedicated graphics card. the only ryzen processors with integrated Graphics are the 2200 G in the 2400 G.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend the ryzen 3 1300x if you are using it for business gaming preferably low to mid-range not necessarily hardcore gaming. these processes are really well priced and they perform well over what they cost.
Pros: -Performance good for the price, especially for the AM4 platform price vs performance ratio.
-Lower power cost compared to it's bigger R5 brothers. Which means this processor run really cool.
Running in a well ventilated case with a ZALMAN CNPS9500A heatsink i'm seeing under 30C (27C to 28C) temps at idle and up to 50C under load at stock speed. If you ditch the stock cooler and go spend around $30 - $50 on a decent cooler you should have some pretty decent headroom for overclocking.
Cons: -Wish it came with the Wraith Spire cooler instead of the stealth.
One might point out lack of SMT, or no integrated GPU and would question where it falls into the market segment, but that's not really what this processor if for.
Overall Review: This processor and the R3 1200 exist as an inexpensive means to get into a AM4 platform where overall processor performance isn't the priority. Not really meant to go head to head against intel's lower end processors, the next gen Raven Ridge APU is meant for that task.
A lot of people will point out that you have to buy a separate graphic card, but if your actually gaming on this processor your going to want an actual graphic card as the built-in gpu's that you may find on certain processors have pretty poor performance. I have extra video cards laying around so I didn't care about a built-in gpu.
I built a file server with this processor. I could of used the 1200 instead, but I like leaving myself some headroom for the future and spending an extra twenty dollars didn't matter to me so I splurged.
I have a few extra AM3 compatible heatsinks laying around and used a ZALMAN CNPS9500A that had never been used. Needless to say, at stock speed with that cooler on it, there is no problem keeping it running super-cool.
That stock cooler that comes with it would be perfectly fine to use at stock speed, but if you are going to overclock, do yourself, and your CPU a favor and buy a better heatsink.
Pros: Fast, cheap, used to update my x470 bios so I can buy an AMD 4000cpu in 2020 or 2021. Then I'll put this in a htpc.
Overall Review: Great little CPU. Fast and runs cool. Plays all my games in 1080p with ease. I have this in a Asus x470 Strix with 16gb memory and a Nvidia 1660. Nice little system