Ryzen 3

After coming out swinging at with its Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors earlier in 2017, AMD is taking on the budget range with the official launch of its new Ryzen 3 chips. Ryzen 3 is now available in two flavors, the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200, at $129 and $109, respectively.

A far as specs are concerned, both Ryzen 3 chips pack in 4 cores and 4 threads. Where the chips differ is in terms of clock speed. The 1300X features a base clock of 3.5 GHz and a boost of 3.7 GHz. Meanwhile, the 1200 is tuned to a base clock speed of 3.1 GHz and can boost to 3.4 GHz.

Ryzen 3 is squarely aimed at taking on Intel's Core i3 at the budget end of the spectrum, just as Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 have been aggressively targeting Intel's i5 and i7 chips. In August, AMD will step things up another notch in its battle against Intel with the launch of a pair of Ryzen Threadripper chips, which pack 16 cores and 32 threads at the top end for $999.

What you need to know about AMD Ryzen

Currently, both Ryzen 3 chips are "temporarily out of stock" at Amazon, but you can still place orders that will ship when the chips come in. They're also available through other retailers such as Newegg.

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