AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Review

Entry-level desktop processor released in 2017 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 65W power rating. Ryzen 3 1300X is based on the Summit Ridge 14nm family and part of the Ryzen 3 series.
Price 75.3%
Speed 72%
Productivity 60%
Gaming 83%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 2.5 %
Year 2017 Model
Price 129 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 3.5 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.9 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4 GHz
Power Consumption 65 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 8 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 75.3 %
Speed Score 72 %
Productivity Score 60 %
Gaming Score 83 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 42.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 21.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 10.7 %
Overall Score 39/100

The Ryzen 3 1300X is one of AMD's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2017 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 65W power rating. The Ryzen 3 1300X is based on the Summit Ridge 14nm family and is part of the Ryzen 3 series.

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X marks yet another blast from Team AMD, ramping up the intensity of the AMD vs Intel processor war. Still, though, there’s more than just core counts when it comes to a mainstream processor, as single-core performance needs to be on point, especially if you’re hoping to play the best PC games.

AMD's Zen series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

As the higher-priced version of the Ryzen 3 1200, the Ryzen 3 1300X has higher base and Boost frequencies of 3.5 and 3.9 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Ryzen 3 1200's PPT tops out at 65W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Ryzen 3 1300X at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the Ryzen 3 1200 for roughly equivalent performance to the Ryzen 3 1300X, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the Ryzen 3 1200 an Editor's Choice award.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the Intel chip if you don't tune up the Core i3 processor. The base performance we showed for the Ryzen 3 1300X can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Core i3-7300 will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 4-core desktop processor that was released in Aug 2017. AMD offers the Ryzen 3 1300X without integrated graphics. It runs $129 shipped and is ideal for those that plan on using it a system with a dedicated graphics card.

One of the nice things about the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X up for $129 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 65W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $129 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Core i3-7300 2-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel HD Graphics 630 graphics ($147 shipped).

Bottom Line, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 1 Gen Core Summit Ridge processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

That said, AMD still lags behind in frequency when the Core i3-7320 operates at 4.1GHz at any given moment and 4.1GHz when push comes to shove.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, AMD also offers the Ryzen 3 1200 at $109. It’s still outfitted with 4-cores and 4-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.1GHz and maxes out at only 3.45GHz.

Ryzen 3 hasn’t had the smoothest entrance into the computing world with lackluster gaming and some CPU temperatures high enough to raise concerns. But after a month of optimizations plus new drivers and BIOS updates, Ryzen 3 seems to have bypassed those same growing pains.

The Ryzen 3 1300X clocks up to 3.9Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

There’s a saying that two heads are better than one and, well, 4-cores are better than 2. The extra processing power of the Ryzen 3 1300X puts Intel’s processors to shame, including both its closest competitor and a much higher-spec part.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent entry-level chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade X370, X470, X570 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Ryzen 3 CPUs, AMD's attack on Intel now extends down into the entry-level with its Ryzen 3 1300X processors, which the company is making available as of Aug 2017.

Intel's Core i3s are a staple of the high-volume mainstream market. They make up the most popular brand for entry-level-oriented builds by far. AMD is looking to shake that up with true 4-core processors that sell for even less than 2 cores. As if a resource advantage wasn't already compelling enough, Ryzen 3 also enables unlocked multipliers. Intel is ill-prepared to fend off such a combination.

Right out of the gate, Ryzen 3 should sell for $129, going up against Intel's almost-$147 Core i3-7300. In threaded workloads, the 4-core Ryzen 3 should enjoy an advantage against Intel's 2-core models. Of course, AMD doesn't give you integrated graphics like Intel does, but for enthusiasts building cheap gaming PCs, it isn't much of a draw anyway.

The 4-core Ryzen 3 1300X is AMD's first Ryzen 3 processor that doesn't feature simultaneous multi-threading, so it only schedules 4 threads at a time, like Core i3-7320. Still, when it's up against Intel's 2 cores, the Ryzen 3 1300X boasts a notable resource advantage.

AMD arms Ryzen 3 1300X with a 3.5 GHz base frequency that jumps as high as 3.9 GHz under lightly-threaded tasks. The Ryzen 3 1300X also offers a 3.5 GHz clock rate with all cores active. Meanwhile, Intel keeps its Core i3-7300 operating at a static 4 GHz clock rate.

Like all other Summit Ridge chips, the Ryzen 3-series CPUs drop into any Socket AM4 motherboard. But most will find a home on boards equipped with the A320 chipset, which has provisions for overclocking and offers plenty of connectivity options. Unlike Intel, AMD plans to utilize its current socket until 2020, so upgrading to future models shouldn't require a new motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $23.1 108.1 FPS
113.2 FPS
77.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $12.3 105.2 FPS
110.2 FPS
75 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $7.3 95.5 FPS
99 FPS
67.1 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $32.7 91.6 FPS
95.8 FPS
66.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $7.7 90.3 FPS
92.6 FPS
62.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $9 84.6 FPS
88.3 FPS
59.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $5.9 84.1 FPS
85.3 FPS
57.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $14.4 83 FPS
85.3 FPS
59 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $8.4 83 FPS
84.6 FPS
56.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $4.9 80.8 FPS
82.4 FPS
54.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $6.3 79.7 FPS
79.7 FPS
54.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $5.3 75.4 FPS
74.2 FPS
49.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $4.7 74 FPS
75.6 FPS
50.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $6.9 71.9 FPS
72.2 FPS
48.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $4.9 71 FPS
68.2 FPS
45 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $4 69.8 FPS
70.7 FPS
46.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $22.2 67.4 FPS
66.7 FPS
47.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $7.4 67.2 FPS
68.6 FPS
45.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $6.1 66.6 FPS
66.9 FPS
44.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $15.4 64.7 FPS
64.3 FPS
42.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $4.4 63.3 FPS
63.7 FPS
42.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $6.3 63 FPS
64.1 FPS
42.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $6.5 61.3 FPS
61 FPS
40.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $3.8 59.7 FPS
60.1 FPS
40 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $11.5 56.3 FPS
56.3 FPS
37.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $3.9 56.2 FPS
56.5 FPS
37.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $5.2 53.4 FPS
52 FPS
33.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $12.7 51.2 FPS
53.5 FPS
36.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $3.3 49 FPS
49.1 FPS
32.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $4.1 48.5 FPS
47.3 FPS
30.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $11.4 48.3 FPS
47.7 FPS
31.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $4.8 47.3 FPS
46.1 FPS
29.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $14 46.5 FPS
47.8 FPS
32.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $22.2 45.1 FPS
44.2 FPS
30.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $12.5 44 FPS
45 FPS
30.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $5.8 43.9 FPS
43.1 FPS
28.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $3.9 43.5 FPS
42.5 FPS
27.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $10.1 42.3 FPS
43.2 FPS
29.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $4.1 41.6 FPS
41 FPS
27.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $8 40.9 FPS
39.9 FPS
27.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $10.1 39.8 FPS
40.2 FPS
27.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $8.3 39.5 FPS
39.4 FPS
25 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $4.3 39 FPS
38.9 FPS
25.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $4 37.3 FPS
37.2 FPS
24.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $5.1 34.8 FPS
34.9 FPS
23.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $7.8 29.3 FPS
29 FPS
19.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $9.5 26.3 FPS
26.1 FPS
16.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $7.6 26.1 FPS
25.9 FPS
16.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $6.6 25.7 FPS
25.6 FPS
17 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $10.9 25.5 FPS
25.5 FPS
16 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $7.9 25.1 FPS
24.8 FPS
16.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $7.7 21.9 FPS
21.6 FPS
14.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $4.9 20.2 FPS
19.8 FPS
12.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $8 19.9 FPS
19.3 FPS
13.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $7.6 19.5 FPS
18.2 FPS
12.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $7.7 19.4 FPS
17.6 FPS
12 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $7.8 17.9 FPS
17.5 FPS
11.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $8.6 17.3 FPS
15 FPS
10.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $5.6 14.1 FPS
13.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $5.9 13.5 FPS
13.2 FPS
8.3 FPS

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shady_rogue May 17, 2020

Help upgrading ryzen 1300x to 3600x on Asus STRIX B350-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard

Desktop upgrade.
Upgrading 1300x to 3600x, sealed in the box new.
Asus STRIX B350-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard.
Windows 10
After the 3600x all I get is a black screen. But when I switched back to the 1300x it stared up like normal.
Thanks I did need to update the bios

Mugushi June 04, 2020

Did anyone try the newest bios update for asus the just came out this Tuesday?

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With the old chip in, update the bios to the most recent for your mobo. You may have to do it more than once, upgrading to a newer bios each time as some 300 series boards need more than one bios update in a progression to handle the new 3000s. I am running a 3900x on a x370 mobo, fine with no issues, but have latest bios.

nicklnack_1950 June 04, 2020

Have you tried a bios update? Upon looking up your motherboard, the most recent bios update is 9/24/2019 with bios version 5220

frogmicky May 11, 2020

I have a similar issue with a Ryzen 5 3600 Im planning to rma the cpu, My system works with my Ryzen 5 1600 but not with the 3600.

cdNJunior87 June 01, 2020

You probably just need to flash your bios to work with Ryzen 3000 series. Make sure your bios are up to date

Sendoku72k December 28, 2019

Will a Ryzen 3 1300X bottleneck an RX 570? Does OC'ing CPU to 3.7 ghz help prevent that?

Quick question, to me it seems fine, perhaps up to 10% bottleneck but OC should help... I plan on changing the CPU eventually but right now I believe that the GPU upgrade is most important(currently got an rx 560). Thx!

qhfreddy December 10, 2019

CPU bottleneck depends on what game and what framerate. There is no such thing as a bottlenecking % because it will vary based on what you try to do with it.

I'd expect a 1300x to do fine in most games for 60hz, but there are probably some more recent CPU heavy titles it will struggle in, especially if you run a lot of stuff in the background.

Sendoku72k January 24, 2020

I get ya. My games in question are the upcoming: DBZ:Kakarot Cyberpunk 2077 Thoughts?

TheLastSnipper December 10, 2019

Since none of these questions have been answered yet:

With respect, you're not fully understanding bottlenecks. Without considering the refresh rate of your monitor, or the software you're using, it makes zero sense to even start thinking about bottlenecks. They're more complicated than CPU vs GPU.

Basically, think of it like this - the CPU sets the overall framerate ceiling for the entire machine, regardless of resolution or detail levels. This ceiling will rise or lower depending on the game being played. On something like Rocketleague, it'll be sky-high. On something like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, it'll be much lower. You can figure out the max framerate of your CPU by going into the game, dropping the resolution and detail levels to absolute minimum, and then get a framerate counting software that will show you how many FPS you're producing.

Once you've established the max frame rate of your CPU, you can then start to think about GPU. Your GPU basically has to fill the FPS room that your CPU has created. If the GPU can produce MUCH more FPS than the CPU can provide, then you've got a CPU bottleneck.

BUT - here's where it gets interesting. Remember what I said that you have to consider the game software being played AND the refresh rate of your monitor. If the GPU is capable of producing much more FPS than your CPU, then you've got a bottleneck. But as long as that FPS rate is above the refresh rate of your monitor, it literally DOES NOT MATTER.

SO - we're not going to be able to answer this question for you. You're going to have to do your own research. Get on your computer, and determine the max FPS for the games you play. Then get on Youtube, and search for videos of the games you play, using the graphics card you want to use (If the FPS your CPU is capable of is above the refresh of your display, you can kinda skip this part because the bottleneck is, again, irrelevant, but continue if you're curious). Then compare the FPS in the videos that you find with the max FPS of your CPU to determine how severe the bottleneck is.

Sendoku72k December 10, 2019

I understand, since I'm playing at 60fps only it shouldn't be much of an issue. Ty

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Critics Reviews

The Ryzen 3 1300X sits at the top of this new range of Ryzen processors with four cores, and it doesn’t break the bank with its $129 (about £100, AU$160) price. It’s a speedy chip, too, with ...
The Ryzen 3 1300X we're looking at here has a base clock speed of 3.5GHz and the ability to jump up to 3.7GHz, while the lesser Ryzen 3 1200 is stock-clocked between 3.1GHz and 3.4GHz.
AMD arms Ryzen 3 1300X with a 3.4 GHz base frequency that jumps as high as 3.9 GHz under lightly-threaded tasks. The -1300X also offers a 3.6 GHz clock rate with all cores active. Meanwhile, Intel ...
Meanwhile, 6-core parts such as the Ryzen 5 range (1600X and 1600) use a 3+3 configuration with SMT for a total of 6-cores and 12-threads. In this case, the Ryzen 3 1300X uses a 2+2 setup, much like the Ryzen 5 1500X and 1400, however, the 1300X (and 1200) comes with SMT disabled.
In an all new first, entry levels processors are going quad-core. AMD is at it again with their Ryzen 3 series processors, in this review we test their Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300X. That means you can ...
The top Ryzen 3 chip is the 1300X. It costs £125/$129, and it’s a quad-core processor without multi-threading; it’s clocked to 3.5GHz with a 3.7GHz Turbo peak.

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Gokhan. June 26, 2020
GTX 1650 SUPER Coil Whine Issue
Hello everyone! I just joined platform and I have a problem. I am having Coil Whine problem on my newly purchased MSI GTX 1650 SUPER Gaming X graphics card. As a person who always preferred MSI, I was extremely sorry.

My specs:
R3 1300X
VS650 650W 80+
8 GB HyperX DDR4 Predator 3000 MHz
B350 Tomahawk

It starts to sound directly under any game. It makes a sizzling sound. It is suppressing the game sound. FPS value does not matter. It sizzles at 30 FPS, or 120 FPS. What should i do?

I have no problem with my FPS values under load. It can only drop from time to time because of my bottleneck. But overall I am satisfied. I played Witcher 3 in Ultra settings (Hairworks enabled& 8) and my results are:

These are the values of the card after I play Witcher 3 for about 45-50 minutes. I guess the PCI-E and 6 pin voltages are normal. I guess there is no problem with GPU Voltage, right? Can you say a result based on this screenshot? Does it cause any problems to the card? Does it cause a serious problem?

If there is only a sizzling sound problem, I can bear it.
Thanks for your help.
puw2 September 25, 2017
PSU's could absolutely be a factor to bad coil whine. The VS650 isnt that good of an unit but its hard to tell that replacing the unit would eliminate the coilwhine for the most part but it is possible.

I've had extremely bad coil whine caused by a lower tier psu and replacing the unit with a better quality one limited the coil whine alot. It might absolutely help if you replace your psu but its not guaranteed.

If its happening at 30fps you can try to RMA the card since coil whine isnt supposed to really happen if the card is hitting such low framerates but it wont harm your gpu though so if you can bare the coil whine you dont have to do anything as it wont affect your pc's life cycle nor the performance of your build.
paulakeshowww May 20, 2020
New ryzen 3 3100 and 3300x
I'm planning on buying the new ryzen 3 3300x to upgrade my 1300x processor. But my motherboard is an msi b350m-mortar ( )
Do i also need to buy a new motherboard for these new processors? or will my current motherboard support them? OR should i just upgrade to ryzen 5?
mdd1963 January 14, 2006
The 3300X seemed to offer awesome performance in the reviews I read/watched/studied, often rivaling the R5-3600 quite closely.

Sell a pint of plasma if needed, but choose the 3300X if the 3600 is $80 beyond budget.
Brady34123452 April 14, 2020
Do I need a bios update for a new cpu
Hi, I'm sure this question has been asked like a million times but I just need a certain answer before I do anything

As of right now I have a Ryzen 3 1300x on an MSI B350 Mobo

I'm going to upgrade my cpu to a Ryzen 5 3600, and I need to know if a bios update is required

If there is an update required, do I update the bios while my 1300x is still in? Or after I swap it out for the 3600?

Thank you!!

Rest of build

16gb ddr4 2666
Radeon RX 560 soon to be Radeon rx 5700 xt
nzxt case
450 watt psu
520 gb ssd
MSI B350 Tomahawk

Ryzen 3 1300x trying to upgrade to ryzen 5 3600
drea.drechsler October 16, 2017
Yes you will...go to BIOS 7A34v1OR. That's a BETA version BIOS, but the only one suitable for Matisse CPU's on the board. It's also going to have AGESA 1004b which is the latest.

You have to do the update before putting it in but DO NOT update to this until you have the 3600 in hand are are ready to change it out. Once updated it will ONLY run Ryzen 3000 CPU's and APU's. Also do not use Live Update; even MSI's tech support people advise against that. Do it only from within the BIOS using M-Flash. Just have the BIOS file extracted from the archive and on a USB stick before starting it.
Samarth04 March 17, 2020
Ryzen 3 1300x vs ryzen 5 1600 for a320m
Hi I am planing to buy new PC for gaming purpose I want to pair it with 1060 6gb and another choice is there rx 580 so which combo would be great plz help me I want to play AAA titles and a bit streaming

so the question is rx 580 8gb or 1060 6gb and ryzen 5 1600 or ryzen 3 1300x with a320m mobo.
How much ram would be great and Of which frequency?

Thank you
Phaaze88 December 30, 2016
Same price, huh?
Ok, what's the make and model of your power supply? This is important because out of the 3, the RX 580 has the highest power consumption and would not make for a good pairing with cheap, low quality psus; it would be more likely to cause 'problems'.
RX 580: 185w
1650 Super: 100w
1060: 120w
^Those are just for the reference models. Most of the vendor models run above those specs.
If you want to avoid spending more on a new psu for some reason, then one of the 2 GTX cards would be a better investment.
le chonkè January 31, 2020
task manager is showing only about 2% gpu usage on games
Okay so,
I run a amd ryzen 3 1300X with a geforce gtx 1050 ti from EVGA and I have 16 GB's of ram.

when I start up for example RDR2 my task manager shows that RDR2 only uses 2% of my GPU, but at the same time my CPU is getting like 50% usage.
I've tried a few thing to fix it but nothing seems to work or be the same. I really don't know what the problem is, can anyone help me with this?
stefanos50 May 12, 2019
Well task manager is not a problem. Because i recently bought rdr2 i just run it now with RTX 2080 i get 4% gpu usage from task manager too but the game runs really smooth. This game is well know especially when released that had poor performance and many bugs, crashes and gtx 1050 ti is not the strongest graphics card.
Magmacream187 January 30, 2020
Possibly low performance for specs
When I play some games I am not able to turn the graphics up as high as I think I should be able to. In Fortnite, I'll get around 115 fps on low settings but it will drop down to 30 pretty consistently. I understand that this could just be from the poor optimization on Epic's side, but I'm wondering if there's something in my setup that is causing my computer to run worse. I have updated drivers and that's not the problem. Also on Destiny 2, I can't even run the game on any settings. When I run on the highest settings my computer almost blows up, but there is hardly any difference between the fps when I run the game on the lowest of the low settings compared to medium settings, causing me to think it can't be my graphics card. Also, when I put all of the settings to the highest settings it only uses half of my vram. On Overwatch I can only run low-medium settings and I think I should be able to run more than 70 frames.
On the website for the Powercolor Red Devil RX 590 it says that it recommends at least 600w of power, while I only have 500w, so that could be a problem. CS:GO runs fine at all max settings but why does that get around 130 frames and other games won't run well?

CPU: Ryzen 3 1300x
GPU: Powercolor Red Devil RX 590
Power Supply: Some kind of 500w Rosewill
HDD: IDK but it's 1 terrabyte
MB: Asus tuf b450 gaming pro


CPU temps don't get above 50 degrees on CS:GO and GPU won't get higher than 70 pretty much ever (mostly stays around 50-60.
Parts on PC part picker: (btw that power supply isn't correct, I have a 500w Rosewill power supply)

If I am not under performing, what should i upgrade?

Thanks for any help you can give!
Phaaze88 December 30, 2016
Because CS:GO is the 'lightest' game of the titles you have listed, running like 2-4 cpu threads, and not very hungry for gpu resources.
The other games you've listed... some of your specs don't even meet the recommended requirements, so of course performance is going to be subar.

-The 1300X is a limitation in more heavily threaded titles and the multiplayer ones.

-Your storage drive is running pretty darn slow, and that's going to slow down everything.
Is it the 5400 or 7200rpm model?
Check the health of the drive with this:

-Ram is another flag. It's slow for a Ryzen build. You may or may not have heard this yet, but Ryzen is sensitive to memory speeds. At least 3000mhz is preferred.
Also, it's in single channel. That's a no-go for newer games.
araujo.tiago January 26, 2020
PC only power up after shorting the ATX pins...

I am experiencing a weird problem with my PC. Here is my setup:
  • Gigabyte B450M Gaming
  • Ryzen 3 1300X
  • Radeon RX580
  • 24GB (16+8) DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  • Corsair CX450
I am inclined to believe that I have a faulty PSU, but I need to hear other opinions to be more certain about it...

I have an outlet extender with a line filter where I plug the PC's power cord. Usually, every time I shut down my PC, I also shut down the extender. But, after a while I noticed that if I forget to turn off the extender, the next day my PC won't turn on (in other words, if I keep it energized but off). When it happens, I do some "maneuvers" (e.g. switch off the PSU and then on again) and it powers on. Buuut, it does not turns off after (the coolers keep running, despite the shut down command). Reading some articles, I found that it could be related to a dead CMOS battery... bought a new one and the problem was gone for a good time, until...

...I forgot to turn down the extender again!

Now my PC won't turns on even if I turn down the extender in the night before. After trying some stuff, I managed to discover a way to make it work: I need to remove the ATX pins from the MOBO, to force the PSU to power on by quickly shorting the corresponding pins (PS_ON + COM), and then connect the molex connectors back on the MOBO. After that, the PC turns on and works fine (I can play games for hours normally). The problem is that after this, it does not turns off and I need to switch the PSU key off with the fans running, and to turn it on again, I need to repeat the process...

Have any of you seen anything like this before? Could it really be my PSU? Or could it be my MOBO? My CPU?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

My best regards.
araujo.tiago September 25, 2018
End of story.

Faulty motherboard.
Conqu3rer January 24, 2020
AMD Ryzen 3500 showing only 5 cores in windows
I recently upgraded my 1300X to a 3500. I have not re-installed windows.

My AMD Ryzen 3500 ordered 4 days ago is showing me 5 cores / 5 Threads in Windows, Device Manager and Task Manager. But in the BIOS it shows 6 cores are active, and even in Ryzen Master, it shows 6 cores. Not sure what the issue is.

Motherboard: Asus B450-A Prime
RAM: 16 GB (2x8GB DDR43000)
BIOS: Latest version 2006

Things I've tried:
1) Device manager: Uninstall the processor and the hidden devices

2) BIOS Reset

3) Ryzen Master reset
Conqu3rer September 30, 2015
Problem solved, I RMA'd it. Got a new one as replacement. Same processor. All 6 cores working properly now.
odehart January 24, 2020
I somehow made W10 Pro boot to Administrator Account.
I can't figure out how I can change the boot back to my user account. It must be doable but how?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Quad-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 23 Model 1 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16309 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 710, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 232 GB (156 GB Free); G: 931 GB (828 GB Free); H: 465 GB (369 GB Free);
Antivirus: Norton Security, Disabled
Colif June 12, 2015
It can sometimes also do this if the main user is corrupted so if its not a simple matter of swapping users, if you can get into the normal user it might pay to create a new local user - link - and make it admin and while logged into normal user, copy the contents of C:/users/olduserfolder onto the C:/users/newuserfolder as that will give it full access to all programs on PC, no need to reinstall anything.
weedsonpt January 19, 2020
PC constantly restarting

Motherboard - MSI Bazooka B350M
CPU - Ryzen 5 3600
GPU - Nvidia GTX 1050ti
RAM - 2x 4g Hyper X Fury 2133Mhz
PSU - 430W

So guys, recently i upgraded my CPU from a Ryzen 3 1300X to an Ryzen 5 3600 and everything worked just fine until today. The desktop keeps on rebooting itself. As soon i get into windows and i start to do something it restarts by itself. Btw, noticed that the CPU is debiting 4.2Ghz and i didn't overclocked it. is that the issue?
Phaaze88 December 30, 2016
I WOULD tell to try reinstalling Windows, but if the system restarts before you so much as get a chance to even click Start...

Is that a true 2x 4GB kit, or did you combine 2 'identical' sticks?

Aside from the 2 above, not much else you can do besides getting a new psu.
BOXHOPPERSONO January 18, 2020
This good for streaming?
Hello, here are the SPECS of my PC:
Motherboard: ASUS Prime B350M-E
CPU: Ryzen 3 1300X
RAM: 8GB DDR4 CORSAIR RAM (I think it's at 2400mHz)

I play competitive Fortnite and I want to stream it. Right now frames are really low and I have to play with the game on high priority. This doesn't allow me to talk in Discord or use other applications when in game as they are too laggy.

I want to do the following upgrades:
CPU: Ryzen 5 3600
RAM: Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz
Will my PC then be good enough to stream or to get good FPS in games like Fortnite? Ideally I wanna be hitting 144 FPS 90% of the time.
Please comment your thoughts below, thank you for your time!
WildCard999 July 18, 2014
OP's motherboard doesn't support faster then 3200.
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The upgrade would be good and as long as you don't mind adjusting the graphic settings then you should be able to get 144hz or at least fairly close.
dss007 January 16, 2020
VGA light on Motherboard, PC starts after several restarts
This problem just started a few days ago. My computer now daily (in the morning when i boot it up) takes several restarts (today it took 4) to boot up successfully. When the PC does not boot up in the first few attempts, I've observed that everything lights up (mouse, keyboard), fans starts spinning (CPU, GPU) and all, though a white light on my motherboard is ON, actually two, one near the CPU FAN plug and another one that states VGA, and NO DISPLAY. Now after a few attempts it boots up, and i have no issues throughout the whole day (I'm typing this on the same PC). Though i want to clear out what the issue is. Is it the VGA wire or my GPU opting for a slow death

PC configuration -

Ryzen 3 1300X
MSI A320 motherboard (recently came back after repair from MSI)
8GB RAM 3000 (disabled the XMP profile, after reading on some forum about my issue)
GTX 750ti 2GB Stock Speeds (the only 2nd hand part)
500 GB of HDD
Corsair VS450 PSU
Phaaze88 December 30, 2016
What was wrong with it? It sounds like they missed the mark.

Download and run Gpu-Z to confirm gpu validity:
GameItDerp January 10, 2020
Upgrade CPU or GPU?
Good Evening,

my PC is due for some upgrades:

  • AMD Ryzen 3 1300x
  • Nvidia GTX 1050ti
  • 8GB RAM
  • MSI B350 PC MATE
  • SDD(500gb) and HDD(1tb)
Now, as I'm still in school I don't have the big money yet, however with MHW Iceborne recently being released to the PC, mine starts to struggle. Still getting ~50 FPS tho.

When I look at the Task manager it says that my CPU reaches 80-95% (~<50°C), which I assume is bad.

Now I'm not quite sure if I should upgrade my CPU over my GPU. For the CPU I thought of getting a AMD Ryzen 5 3600x and for a GPU a Nividia GTX 1080.

According to after testing my PC I was told that my GPU needs to be upgraded, since my CPU apparently did fine.

So now I'm not sure if I should upgrade my CPU or GPU first.

PS. Still not quite sure about getting a 1080 I'm open for suggestions. I'm not looking to building a nuclear reactor that can get 4k FPS on every game ever existed.