AMD Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300X Processor Review

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AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Overclocking

We wanted to look at overclocking on the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 processor and was trying to get over 4GHz out of the budget friendly quad-core processor. We tried straight out of the gate for 4.0GHz on all cores with stock voltage and the system wouldn’t post. After a clear CMOS on the MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard we tried for 3.8GHz and again failed. We bumped up the voltage to 1.4V and finally was able to get up to 3.9GHz stable.

The result was a our Cinebench R15 score went from 476 to 604, which is a 26.8% performance improvement over stock settings! We were happy with the results of the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 processor at 3.9GHz. The single threaded performance went from 133 to 156, which is a 17% performance improvement. We were able to get this nice performance boost by simply increasing the multiplier and increasing the CPU voltage setting on our motherboard on 1.4 Volts. That is about as easy as overclocking gets!

Overclocking the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X on the MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard didn’t work too well. If we manually raised the multiplier the multiplier dropped to 15.5x and the processor was locked at at 1,550 MHz. This gave us a ~200 point score in the Cinebench R15 multi-CPU benchmark test and is clearly a bug that needs to be fixed. We’ve let AMD and MSI know about the issue with this board/processor combination!

Let’s wrap up this review on the Ryzen 3 processors!

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