AMD has just announced its Ryzen Pro processors for the enterprise market. However, the launch also revealed details about the company’s yet-unreleased Ryzen 3 entry-level chips.
Up until now, the only thing AMD has officially said about Ryzen 3 is that the lowest members of the 14nm Zen based family will hit the shelves sometime in the third quarter of the year. The Ryzen Pro launch reveals two specific CPUs: the Ryzen 3 PRO 1300 and Ryzen 3 PRO 1200.
These will likely be the exact specs for the consumer Ryzen 3 chips given every other Pro chip has identical speeds and feeds as their standard mainstream counterparts—though additional models may also show up.
Ryzen 3 is a quad-core CPU without simultaneous multithreading (SMT), so we’re looking at just 4 threads instead of 8. Both chips pack 8 MB L3 and 2 MB L2 cache with TDP ratings of 65W. The chips will support the AMD B350 chipset.
The key difference between the two processors lies in their clock speeds. The Ryzen 3 Pro 1300 runs at a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 3.7GHz. The Ryzen 3 1200 chip is a bit slower at 3.1GHz base and 3.4GHz boost clock speeds.
The Ryzen 3 chips will compete with Intel’s Core i3, Pentium and Celeron Kaby Lake lineup, and even thread into Core i5 Kaby Lake.
Last week, a Passmark entry for the Ryzen 3 1200 popped up on the Internet. The processor scored 7043 points in its benchmark, coming roughly on par with the Core i5-3570K (7151 points), or even the Core i7-2600 (8221 points).
This means the chip would deliver performance levels that are not just for HTPC builds, but it should be powerful enough to handle moderately heavy gaming loads.
Pricing details are not yet revealed, but you can expect the chips to cost less than $150. AMD will provide further information on August 29, so stay tuned.