Ryzen 3, AMD's Jan Brady of processor lines, formally debuts today after a few weeks of everything-but-the-price reveals. It's part of the processor segment served by the Intel Core i3 -- a step up from cheap -- but without an integrated graphics processor (IGP). AMD's A series incorporates the company's Polaris-generation of integrated graphics.
||AMD Ryzen 3 1300X||AMD Ryzen 3 1200||AMD Ryzen 5 1400||Intel Core i3-7300||Intel Core i3-7100|
|Number of cores||4||4||4||2||2|
|Number of threads||4||4||8||4||4|
|Clock speed (base/boost)||3.5/3.7 GHz||3.1/3.4GHz||3.2/3.4GHz||4.0 GHz/none||4.0 GHz/none|
|Cache||2MB L2/8MB L3||2MB L2/8MB L3||2MB L2/8MB L3||4MB SmartCache||3MB SmartCache|
|TDP (power draw)||65 watts||65 watts||65 watts||51 watts||51 watts|
|Memory supported||2 channels, up to 2,667MHz DDR4||2 channels, up to 2,667MHz DDR4||2 channels, up to 2,667MHz DDR4||2 channels, up to 64GB DDR4-2133/2400, DDR3L-1333/1600||2 channels, DDR4-2133/2400, DDR3L-1333/1600|
|Cooler||Wraith Stealth||Wraith Stealth||Wraith Stealth||n/a||n/a|
|Price||$129||$109||starts at $157||starts at $155||starts at $120|
The bottom line is that AMD brings quad-core processors to the budget party. AMD (of course) claims they deliver better performance than their Intel counterparts -- for instance, up to about 30 percent faster on various games and benchmarks -- at a slightly cheaper price. Like the current-generation i3, you can overlock the Ryzen 3 and AMD provides the software to do it. But also states that doing so voids the warranty.