As we approach the launch of AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series processors it is time to say goodbye to the extreme budget Ryzen CPU that was the 1000 series Ryzen 3, unfortunately like any product the Ryzen 3 1200 & 1300x are nearing the end of their production life and as such have seen their pricing double in the last week. The Ryzen 3 1200 was a fantastic entry point into the Ryzen brand with its quad-core design and 3.1GHz overclockable core frequency for a mere £50 it was a fantastic budget CPU.
Upon the release of the 2000 and 3000 series of Ryzen 3 processors, we found none of the offerings without integrated graphics with the introduction of the 2200g and the 3200g. These 2 processors are still both currently available for around the same price, strangely the 3200g is actually slightly cheaper than its predecessor at around £78 (at the time of writing this post)
We eagerly await the release of the 4000 series desktop processors and hope that the new Ryzen 3 will carry on the legacy that has been laid before it and live up to our expectations.
On the plus side, the Ryzen 5 1600 is now one of the cheapest Hexa Core options available at around £90. (at the time of writing this post) This particular processor has undergone a sort of remodel and as of Q4 2019 was in the process of being produced yet again and now has comparable performance to a Ryzen 5 2600, buyer beware however as the only noticeable difference in the older 1600 to the new 1600 is the serial number now contains AF instead of AE, be sure to ask the store to clarify it is the 2019 AF when making your purchase.