In what continues to be a busy month for the folks at AMD, today marks the release of the R3 lineup of AMD Ryzen processors. Sandwiched between the releases of the Vega Frontier Edition, Threadripper, and the Radeon RX Vega, the Ryzen R3 chips are the first Zen-based competitors for the budget-oriented CPU market. The initial Ryzen CPUs, the R7 series, were released at the end of March this year, with the mainstream-focused R5 series following the month after.
The Ryzen R3 series consists of two new CPUs, the Ryzen 3 1300X and the Ryzen 3 1200. Both processors feature 4 cores, with the 1300X sporting a 3.5GHz base/3.7GHz boost clock and the 1200 with a 3.1Ghz base/3.4Ghz boost clock. The CPUs are priced at $129 and $109, respectively. Both units come unlocked and will support overclocking via motherboards with the Ryzen B350 or X370 chipsets.
The R3 CPUs are in direct competition with Intel’s recent Kaby Lake Core i3 products, the i3-7300 and i3-7100. Unlike the Ryzen R3 units, the Intel CPUs are dual core models, though they both offer hyperthreading, which allows the chips to work with up to 4 threads.