As per the latest report from VideoCardz, the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 chip is soon appearing with the 12nm transformation makeover. Earlier, the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 was the first to gain the 12nm-oriented integration as well as the Hexa-core processor.
Further, the latest AMD Ryzen 3 1200 will also be tagged with the ‘AF’ suffix just like the Ryzen 5 1600. You can see the change that is supposed to reflect in the processor’s Ordering Part Number (OPN). Correspondingly, the latest edition chip will carry two formats. The original variant (AMD Ryzen 3 1200) will host the YD1200BBM4KAE OPN tray number. Whereas the variant with the AF suffix will be identified via the YD1200BBM4KAF number.
In the same fashion, we also have the Gigabyte’s support list that indicates the chip formats with different stepping. The regular AMD Ryzen 3 1200 offers the B1 stepping and other the other hand, the Ryzen 3 1200 AF consumers the B2 stepping. However, the later edition doesn’t need to update the firmware to run well with existing AM4-based motherboards.
Moreover, the AMD Ryzen 3 1200, which is code as Summit Ridge, is a quad-core Zen processor. It debuted on the 14nm process node of GlobalFoundries. On the other side, the AF version is code as Pinnacle Ridge and utilizes the 12nm process node. The famous fact is that AMD is recycling Ryzen 2000 Series dies for AF components.
When it comes to the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 AF chip, it could use imperfect dies that fail to meet the standards of the Ryzen 3 2300X. It is said to be an OEM-exclusive processor.
In terms of pricing, the AF chips are praise for coming with an affordable price tag. The AMD Ryzen 3 1200 quad-core chip features at $83.50 on Amazon store.