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Ryzen 3: A Look into the Best Budget Processor for Gaming

Ryzen 3, the King of Budget Gaming CPUs

Ryzen 3

The Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300X launched on July 27. Since their release, they’ve dominated the budget gaming CPU market and have rendered Intel’s i3 lineup useless. For quite a long time, Intel CPUs were the way to go. Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 changed the game, beating just about all of team blue’s competitors. 

Ryzen 3 is no different, bringing incredible performance at a great price.

Prior to the launch of the Ryzen 3 line, the Pentium G4560 was a popular choice for gamers on a budget. It was really the only good budget gaming CPU on the market, as the new Pentium’s hyperthreading blurred the lines between Pentium and the core i3 line.

Intel’s Pentium CPUs were rocking two physical cores without hyperthreading prior to the Pentium G4560’s release. The 7th generation of Intel CPUs was a first step in the right direction, as the Pentium line finally featured hyperthreading. 

Each core can process two threads at once; in other words, the CPU has two physical cores and two theoretical cores.

Ryzen 3 Processor

Ryzen 3 goes a step further. Both the Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300X have four physical cores, not just two physical and two imaginary cores. This allows the Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300X to simultaneously process different tasks or threads. 

It is quite possible that Intel saw Ryzen 3 coming, and decided to implement hyperthreading with their Pentium CPUs so that they wouldn’t be left behind.

We’re primarily going to focus on the Ryzen 3 1200, as ithas the most bang for your buck and makes the most sense if you’re strictly gaming.The Ryzen 3 1200 can even be overclocked past the 1300X’s core clock, rendering it an incredible value.


Right out of the box, Ryzen’s stock coolers are far superior to Intel’s stock coolers. This is important because it provides an easy route to overclocking without having to spend any extra money. Speaking of overclocking, Ryzen 3 CPUs are extremely good at it.

This is one of Ryzen 3’s biggest advantages over Intel CPUs. Aside from the fact that they have four true cores, Ryzen 3 is easily overclockable. 

All of Intel’s closest offerings are locked, and their true potential is unable to be utilized. Ryzen 3 performs similarly to the G4560 in terms of gaming, at least until you overclock it. Once overclocked, the Ryzen 3 1200 significantly outperforms the Pentium G4560.
Ryzen 3 Benchmarks

Instead of looking at the Pentium, let’s take the closest priced Intel offering. The Intel Core i3-7100 comes in at $115. When compared to the Ryzen 3 1200, it still falls behind. If overclocking potential is accounted for, the Ryzen 3 1200 wins again and again in terms of gaming performance. Don’t forget about all the other added bonuses that Ryzen 3 offers, including better multitasking, streaming, editing, rendering, etc. The Ryzen 3 1200 pretty much outperforms all of Intel’s similar offerings. This is mainly due to Ryzen’s four physical cores, as opposed to Intel’s offerings which only have two cores with hyperthreading.

The Pentium G4560 still has a place as a budget gaming CPU. This CPU is below $80, and is still a viable option if you’re on an extreme budget. However, at this point in time, i3 CPUs are practically useless from a gaming standpoint.Buying an i3 just doesn’t make sense. If Intel wants to maintain sales of their i3 CPUs, they’re going to have to lower the price.

Naturally after the release of Ryzen 3, the web was flooded with budget gaming PC builds. While Ryzen 3 boasts excellent gaming performance, it’s also great at other workstation tasks. This CPU can edit videos, photos, render videos, stream, record, etc. 

It would be easy to mistake the CPU for a higher end model if you didn’t know what was inside the PC. If you’re looking to build a streaming rig, Ryzen 3 offers a better overall experience than anything team blue offers at this level.

As mentioned previously, Ryzen 3 does not feature simultaneous multithreading, but instead is a full on quad core CPU. This CPU is made up of two of AMD’s CCXs or Core Complexes. 

This means that Ryzen 3 shares all the same features that Ryzen 5 and 7 provide. This includes SenseMI, Precision Boost, and XFR. LinusTechTips concluded that in nearly every area tested that doesn’t include purely single threaded performance, Ryzen 3 outperforms the best that Intel has to offer.

Whether you’re team red or team blue, you have to give AMD credit for sticking it to Intel and providing such stiff competition. It’s caused prices to drop across the board!

Author Biography

My name is Jacob, and I am the founder of Easy PC. I grew up playing video games, and as I got older I became interested in PC gaming. I spent lots of time researching, and eventually I decided to build my first gaming PC. From that moment on, I was in love.
I remember how hard it was for me as a beginner to learn everything I needed to get started. I wanted a place where I could find all the information I needed in one place. That is the goal of my website. I aim to provide all the information new builders need to get started with PC gaming.

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