Report: Ryzen 3 2300X No Longer OEM-Exclusive in March 2020
AMD recently announced that it will unleash the sought-after Ryzen 3 2300X out into the wild.
According to the Malaysian website Lowyat, the CPU will be available for sale in Malaysia on March 3, 2020.
AMD originally released the processor in 2018, along with the rest of the second-generation Ryzen processors. Unfortunately, only OEM companies that made pre-built systems could avail of the 2300X and the Ryzen 5 2500X. Acer’s Nitro 50 pre-built PCs carried both OEM-exclusive processors. CybertronPC and Lenovo pre-builts also used them in their respective systems.
The 2300X is a four-core, four-thread CPU with a base clock of 3.5Ghz and boosts up to 4.0Ghz. It is almost identical to the Ryzen 3 2200G, but it is just tad bit faster when boosted (the 2200G boosts at 3.7Ghz). However, what the 2200G lacks in boost clock, it makes up for by having integrated Vega 8 graphics, which is not available on the 2300X
Price and Positioning
Prior to the announcement, the only Ryzen 3 available for retail was the 2200G. Builders of low-tier Ryzen systems had no other choice but to get the APU. It’s fine if the build had no GPU and fully utilized the 2200G’s integrated Vega 8 graphics. However, some builders were still looking for a Ryzen 3 that has no integrated graphics that they could pair with a low-tier GPU. This makes the prospect of a retail 2300X appealing to some builders.
Lowyat’s report said that the 2300X will be priced at RM 299 (a little over PhP 3,600). Should AMD also release the 2300X here in the Philippines at that price, the Intel Core i3-9100F is in danger of losing its footing in the budget build tiers. The 9100F, which is featured on our Php 25K Gaming PC Build Guide is also a four-thread quad-core and is faster than the 2300X with its 3.6Ghz base clock and 4.2Ghz boost clock. But the 2300X is cheaper and unlocked, which means that it could easily edge out the 9100F after overclocking.
So far, only a Malaysian release has been confirmed. Release dates for other countries have yet to be reported.