Sunday, 30 July 2017

Why Ryzen 3 is OK for new PC but not for upgrade.

If you have an AMD FX chip or an older Intel i3 say the 7100 and lower, it makes no sense to upgrade to a Ryzen 3 as you are going replace your motherboard to get AM4 socket and for those of you with i3 you might want to check if your existing motherboard could take an i7 7700 as the better upgrade option.

With that said if you are rocking an older AMD FX it also doesn't make sense for you to upgrade to Ryzen 3 for the following reasons.

First off, if you are going to go for a new motherboard and CPU then you're already spending quite a bit and the performance over the FX chips isn't that big for the Ryzen 3 so the likely result is you would spend money and after be left with the feeling you didn't get anything for it with only 10-20% gain over your existing setup.  So my advice would be to just save up the extra and get Ryzen 1600 or 1700 since the performance boost you'll get with a Ryzen 1200 or 1300X is not going to leave you saying yes that was totally worth it.

The second reason the Ryzen 3 isn't that much higher than the i3 and we all know that they will be hard pressed to keep up with growing CPU demands in coming year, so unless you want to be doing this again in 24 months best off to just get Ryzen 7 and say your safe till 2021.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a new PC and you want good performance at low cost and you are not into video editing or gaming, perhaps most of your workload is just internet then Ryzen 3 is more than good enough and will likely cost less than the Intel i3.

Now, this is not an Intel or AMD sponsored article and there is more than enough benchmarks to back me up on this.  However, my two cents on this is you shouldn't buy less than Ryzen 5 or Intel i5 in Today's PC and Laptops as just too many CPU hungry applications out there.