Written by Metal Messiah
Blast from the past ! It looks like AMD has upgraded one of its 3 years old processor from the Ryzen 1000 series. The first-gen AMD Ryzen 3 1200 has been a budget CPU for quite some time, and originally it packed a 14nm ZEN design.
Now AMD has upgraded this entry-level budget CPU on a 12nm ZEN+ architecture node. One German Retailer has also listed this CPU for sale on its website for 60 USD, or €54.73.
This CPU was released in 2017. Speaking of specs, it packs 4 cores with 4 threads, and can operate within 3.1 GHz (base) to 3.4 GHz in boost frequency. It has 65W TDP value. All the specs remain the same as the older SKU, except for the slight boost in performance which comes thanks to the ZEN+ architecture improvements.
The Zen+ architecture offers slightly improved power/thermal consumption, a small IPC uplift, an updated Precision Boost 2 for better Turbo clock speeds, and also faster cache, with a memory controller capable of supporting faster DDR4 RAM. Rest of the specs and variables are same.
So if you are looking for a budget entry-level CPU for gaming or some other work, then this processor offers a pretty good value, unless of course you really want to upgrade to a newer ZEN architecture, or process node (Ryzen 2000/3000 series), which makes sense given the age of this processor.
But should you plan to purchase this CPU, then make a note of this. The new SKU model has a different part number, with the code “YD1200BBM4KAFBOX”, whereas the older 14 nm model had the part code as “YD1200BBM4KAEBOX”. Look for the AF initials.