Review | Ryzen 3 1300X budget gaming processor

Reaching out to the entry-level segment of the gaming market, computer chip maker AMD has released the third part of its Ryzen family of processors: the Ryzen 3.

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Based on the Zen x86 microarchitecture, it is designed for today’s software and gaming demands, as well as for the video rendering community, by providing an affordable option that can deliver great frame rates for 1080p quality at 60 and 120 rates. In addition to these features, this processor also compatible with the Oculus Rift for VR gaming.

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The Ryzen 3, ultimately engineered for AM4 platform, allows itself to fit in FM2+ AM3 clip heatsinks and power NVMe x4, USB 3.1 Gen2, SATA 6Gbps, SATA Express, PCIe Gen 3, and DDR4 all at the same time.

We are sharing what happened when we placed AMD’s entry-level Ryzen processors collection under our microscope. But before that, here are its primary specifications first:

  • Processor family: Summit Ridge
  • Base frequency: 3.5GHz
  • Boost frequency: 3.7GHz
  • Physical cores: 4
  • Logical processors: 4
  • Thermal design power: 65W
  • Cooling solution: AMD Wraith

Unboxing

The Ryzen 3 1300X comes with an AMD Wraith cooler. It weighs at around 455 grams and has a larger dimensions compared to old coolers. The Wraith has a fan that runs up to 3200 RPM with 12V peak voltage.

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The Zen x86 Microarchitecture

The Zen architecture has been designed with 1.75x larger scheduler window, enabling the processor to send more work into execution units. Bypassing the L2 and L3 cache with new micro-op cache, the chip gains neural network-based prediction for optimal instructions for future work.

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Fuelling the processor for tasks that require high performance, the architecture revises the cache hierarchy with dedicated 64KB L1 instruction and data, 512KB dedicated L2 cache per core, and 8MB of L3 cache shared across four cores.

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The Zen adopts the 14nm FinFet process and incorporates the company’s latest low power design methodologies by clock-gating to zero out dynamic power consumption, to name a few.

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In terms of scalability, the Infinity Fabric is a flexible interface that enables AMD to quickly integrate sophisticated IP portfolio. It exchanges data between CCXs, system memory, I/O, and other controllers that appear in AMD’s system on-chip (SoC).

CCX, or Computer Complex, is a natively quad core module that employs 64K L1 I-cache, 64K L1 D-cache, 512KB dedicated L2 cache per core, and 8MB L3 cache, with each core featuring SMT for multi-threaded skill set. In Ryzen processors, there are two CCX’s in 4+4 configuration.

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With an efficient command and control capabilities, real-time estimations, adjustments of core voltage, temperature, socket power draw, and clockspeed, AMD gives birth to SenseMI technology – a package of five related senses that rely on learning algorithms to fine-tune the performance and power characteristics of cores based on AI branch predictions.

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This technology contributes to the capability of the chip to gather telemetry data from Pure Power optimization that allows Ryzen to recognize the characteristics of its silicon for distinct power management.

Precision Boost, on the other hand, modulates the clockspeeds giving the processors operational freedom to pin down the core frequency near the ideal rate. The Extended Frequency Range (XFR) helps the Precision Boost to read and forecast Ryzen’s distance to junction thermal limits and converting available spaces to reinforcement frequency.

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Also, a predictive AI is integrated into the chip to learn an application’s behavior. It is backed up by the Smart Prefetch that pre-loads data into large caches to enable responsive computing.

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Benchmarks and Performance

Setting up an Aorus Radeon RX 570 4GB DDR5 graphics card, dual-channel of 8GB DDR4 memory sticks, AX370 Gaming 5 motherboard, Cougar GX-5 750W 80+ Gold power supply unit, and 128GB WD Green SSD, we pressed a lot of stress onto the Ryzen 3 1300x and as a result, it dropped these benchmark scores ranging from graphics, video rendering, and gaming:

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Conclusion

Bearing a price tag of P7,250, the Ryzen 3 1300x opens another door for CPU enthusiasts as it challenges the i3 technology of its fierce rival Intel. With its practical skill set on board, the 1300x can absorb the impact of productivity applications, including the gaming.

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