Finally, the most inexpensive Ryzen CPU arrived to the market. As its only difference to the most basic Ryzen 5 CPUs is the lack of the SMT technology, it performs pretty much like the Ryzen 5 1400 (which has a similar clock rate) in some tests. Its is most perceptible in games, since most of the games don’t use more than four threads, which gives the Ryzen 3 1200 a better cost/benefit ratio than the more expensive models.

Actually, it almost reaches the excellent cost/benefit ratio of the Core i3-7100. The Ryzen 3 1200 was a sligtly slower in some programs and faster in other ones, being a little slower (between 5% and 25%) in all games. However, it costs 8% less, which makes it a great choice for budget gaming computers. It is even better if you consider its overclocking potential.

So, if you are looking for a low-cost CPU with excellent cost/benefit ratio for programs and games, the Ryzen 3 1200 is a great choice, even more if you intend to overclocking it.