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Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am comparing the Ryzen 3 1200 to the Pentium G4560. I will be providing a little information on each processor and I will then share benchmarks with you. This article came at the request of a follower here on HubPages who contacted me asking for this to be done. The main reason for doing this review and comparison is to decipher which processor should be at the forefront of budget gaming systems. So, without further delay, let’s get to this.
Intel Pentium G4560
Intel Pentium G4560 Specifications
The Intel Pentium G4560 comes clocked at 3.5GHz and is a locked processor from Intel, so no overclocking with this processor. The Pentium G4560 is a 2 core, 4 thread processor as hyperthreading is enabled on this processor. The Pentium G4560 comes with 3MB of L3 cache and is built for the LGA 1151 socket. Max power draw of the Pentium G4560 is just 54 watts and the processor can support 64GB of DDR4 RAM up to 2400MHz in dual channel configuration. The Intel Pentium G4560 has a maximum safe operating temperature of 100 degrees Celsius. The MSRP of the Pentium G4560 is suggested to be just $64 but you cannot find this processor anymore for less than around $75.
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Specifications
The Ryzen 3 1200 processor comes clocked at 3.1GHz out of the box with a core turbo boost speed up to 3.4GHz. The Ryzen line of processors are overclockable though and some people have gotten the Ryzen 3 1200 up to 3.9GHz with aftermarket cooling options. With the Ryzen 3 1200 you get 4 physical cores and 4 threads. The Ryzen 3 1200 has an L3 cache of 8MB, is built on the 14nm architecture, and fits into the AM4 socket. Max power draw of the Ryzen 3 1200 is just 65 watts with a max safe operating temperature of 95 degrees Celsius. Per AMD, the processor supports DDR4 RAM up to 2667MHz in dual channel configuration. The MSRP of the Ryzen 3 1200 is just $110 but during some sales, you can find this processor for around $100.
Now, how did I test these 2 processors? Well, first and foremost, I made the decision to test both processors at stock given the G4560 cannot overclock. Also, both are tested with 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM in dual 8GB configuration (dual channel) and clocked at 2400MHz. The MSI GTX 1080 Duke was used to ensure that there was no bottleneck during benchmarking. The only difference in the setup was the motherboard. The Pentium G4560 was placed into the MSI Z270 Tomahawk and the Ryzen 3 1200 was placed into the MSI B350 Bazooka motherboard.
All games were tested at 1080p and at the highest graphical settings allowed within each game’s settings menu with antialiasing off. All results were an average of 5 runs and rounded down to the nearest tenth. Also, with the Witcher III: Wild Hunt game, nVidia Hairworks was turned off. So, now that all the housekeeping procedures are out of the way, let’s see what we came up with.
First up, I tested 2 games, neither of which were particularly CPU intensive nor did they put much demand on the CPU: Far Cry Primal and Rise of the Tomb Raider, which is up first. In the average of 5 benchmark runs, I saw a 1% low of 63 and an average of 158 FPS using the Pentium G4560 while I got a 1% low of 77 FPS and an average of 160 FPS with the Ryzen 3 1200. Far Cry Primal was a little more taxing on both games however. With the G4560, I got a 1% low of 51 FPS and an average of 80 FPS while the Ryzen 3 1200 got a 1% low of 56 and an average of 83 FPS.
The final 4 games I tested are considerably more taxing on the CPUs: Overwatch, Battlefield 1, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, and Grand Theft Auto V. First up for the CPU-intensive games is Overwatch. With the Pentium G4560 I got a 1% low of 135 and an average of 165 FPS while the Ryzen processor came away with a 1% low of 164 and an average of 183 FPS. Battlefield 1 on the G4560 pulled a 1% low of 81 FPS and an average FPS of 94 while the Ryzen 3 1200 hit a 1% low of 89 and an average of 101 FPS. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt was the next game tested. The G4560 had a 1% low of 66 and an average of 74 FPS while the Ryzen 3 1200 had a 1% low of 70 and an average FPS of 80. GTA V was the final game tested and the G4560 finally got the upper hand here as it got a 1% low of 63 and an average of 118 FPS while the Ryzen 3 1200 hit 59 FPS for a 1% low and 115 FPS average.
Table of Benchmarks
|Game||Intel Pentium G4560 (1% Low/Avg FPS)||Ryzen 3 1200 (1% Low/Avg FPS)|
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Far Cry Primal
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Grand Theft Auto V
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
So, the results are in and given I was testing the pure performance of the processor, more so in CPU-intensive games, the results are what I expected. The Ryzen 3 1200 bested the Intel Pentium G4560 in all games tested except one and overall, the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 was 4.79% faster in average frame rates. The 4 physical cores shined here in these benchmarks and clearly holds an advantage over the 2 physical cores and 4 threads of the G4560. Both are good processors and you cannot go wrong with either. However, when pairing the G4560 with compatible motherboards and the Ryzen 3 1200 with compatible motherboards, the price to performance then favors the Ryzen 3 processor. Again, both are good options but my preference and recommendation would be the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 in both gaming and productivity. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and the benchmarks. If you have any comments, let me know below in the comments section. Share this with your friends. Come follow me on Twitter and on YouTube. Thanks for your support and your time. I hope to see you next time.
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