AMD's Ryzen Pro launch reveals Ryzen 3 details

Unannounced Ryzen 3 info just quietly got announced.

Today, AMD’s disruptive Ryzen processors stepped out of the mainstream and into the business world with the announcemnt of Ryzen Pro chips loaded with enterprise-friendly features. But the soft launch revealed interesting information for enthusiasts, too: Hard details about AMD’s yet-unreleased Ryzen 3 chips.

The only thing AMD has officially said about Ryzen 3 is that the Core i3 competitors will launch sometime in the third quarter (read: by the end of September). The Ryzen Pro launch reveals two specific chips, the Ryzen 3 Pro 1200 and Ryzen 3 Pro 1300. Both are true quad-core chips without multi-threading, packing identical 65-watt TDPs and 2MB L2/8MB L3 cache sizes. The key? Clock speeds. The Ryzen 3 Pro 1200 hovers between 3.1GHz and 3.4GHz, while the faster Ryzen 3 Pro 1300 rocks clocks between 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz.

The Kaby Lake Core i3 lineup tends to have higher base clock speeds, but Intel’s chips only offer two processor cores augmented by hyperthreading. Here’s an AMD-supplied graph showing how the Ryzen Pro 3 compares against the Intel Core i3-7100. Comparing the higher-end Ryzen 3 chip against Intel’s base-level Core i3 stacks the deck a bit, but it’s still illuminating. (Be sure to click the image to enlarge it and read AMD’s searing anti-Sysmark footnote.)

The impact on you at home: There’s no guarantee that consumer Ryzen 3 chips will mirror their Ryzen 3 Pro counterparts, but since every other announced Ryzen Pro chip is identical to mainstream Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors, it sure seems likely. We’ll need to wait for Ryzen 3’s official launch for concrete pricing info, though.

Playing with business-grade power

Beyond the spec reveal, the fact that AMD even offers professional versions of its entry-level Ryzen 3 chips is noteworthy. Intel doesn’t extend enterprise features that far down the line. Every Ryzen Pro chip enhances Ryzen’s base features with enhanced security and encryption functions, longer guaranteed availability and image stability, DASH manageability, a 36-month warranty, and more.

Here’s an overview of the entire Ryzen Pro lineup:

Don’t expect to get Ryzen Pro systems in your hands immediately, despite the announcement. AMD says “The world’s largest suppliers of commercial client desktops are expected to provide Ryzen Pro-based PCs to businesses worldwide in the second half of 2017.”

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Brad Chacos

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