The AMD Ryzen 3 series of processors are priced below $130 and for that price the performed pretty well in our testing. These aren’t exactly exciting processors, but they are quad-core processors that handle most multi-threaded workloads with ease. The AMD Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300X both were able to compete against the Intel Core i3-7350K processor in out testing, so it shows that these are pretty potent processors at a budget friendly price. AMD B350 motherboards start start around $75, so you can pick up an AMD Ryzen 3 processor and B350 motherboard for $185 to $205. That is a pretty good value for the performance that you get. The AMD Ryzen 3 1200 overclocked up to 3.9GHz on our test platform, so you can get a pretty sweet little platform for under $200.
The AMD Ryzen 3 1200 is a processor that we see doing well for those that want a Ryzen series processor at the lowest possible price. The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X is a nice step up and XFR is a nice feature to have for those that plan on buying an aftermarket cooler like we tested with. With XFR the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X can hit up to 3.9GHz, which is 400MHz more than the Ryzen 3 1200 can hit. So, if you are going to invest in a better CPU cooler you might as well move up to the Ryzen 3 1300X to get the extra clock frequency. Once you move up to the $129 price range of the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X you have the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 is a 4-core, 8-thread processor teasing you at $159.99 shipped. Twice as many threads thanks to SMT for an extra $30!
AMD has some good processor choices for $109, $129 and $159, so if you are building a new system be sure to take a look at these processors! All of them will make a great choice for a mainstream desktop PC and it really just depends on your budget and what you will be doing.
Legit Bottom Line: The AMD Ryzen 3 series are true quad-core processors that offer solid performance and won’t break the bank with prices below $130!