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AMD Athlon 3000G Review

by February 18, 2020
Overview
Highlights

The AMD Athlon 3000G isn't new at this point, but it still offers a pretty interesting proposition for those who want an affordable APU that doesn't break the bank.

Warranty

3 Years Limited Warranty

Price

RM209 (SRP)

Positives

+ Ridiculously affordable
+ Well-set for a touch of overclocking fun
+ Great performance for its price
+ Works with any AMD AM4 motherboard, allowing for upgrades to beefier CPUs and APUs down the road

Negatives

- More cores would be welcome for better gaming performance

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Efficiency
8.0
Features
8.0
Performance
6.9
Value
8.5
Bottom Line

This might not be the first processor on anyone's mind, but the Athlon 3000G achieves a lot for its asking price.

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AMD has been on a roll recently with their slew of 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen processors, but their relatively low key budget processors are also pretty impressive. The AMD Athlon processors based on the Zen core architecture have proven to be pretty good, but this year they refreshed it with AMD Athlon 3000G, which adds overclocking to its already impressive feature set at just RM209. Yes, this processor is actually cheaper than what you would pay for RAM, or a AAA title.

Specifications

AMD Athlon 3000G

CPUArchitectureZen
Core(s)2
Thread(s)4
Base clock3.5 GHz
Boost clockN/A
UnlockedYes
CacheL1192KB
L21MB
L34MB
Integrated GraphicsArchitectureRadeon Vega 3 Graphics (3 CU, 192 SM)
Frequency1100 MHz
Memory supportDual channel DDR4 2666 MHz, Up to 64GB
PCIe support12 PCIe 3.0 lanes (PCIe 3.0 x8 for graphics + PCIe 3.0 x4 for NVMe SSD)
Process nodeGloFo 14nm
TDP35W
SocketAMD AM4

The AMD Athlon 3000G is based on the Zen architecture, which is the same as the first generation of Ryzen processors. There’s little to differentiate it from the AMD Athlon 200GE and the other Zen-based Athlon parts, aside from the fact that it is now unlocked, allowing users to squeeze out a bit more performance if they so wish.

Test Machine

MotherboardASUS PRIME B450M-A
CPU CoolerCooler Master Hyper T200
RAM16GB (2 x 8GB) TEAM T-Force Delta TUF Gaming Alliance RGB DDR4 3200 MHz @ 2667 MHz
GPUNone
Storage240GB Phidisk WrathKeeper SATA
PSUCooler Master MWE 500
CaseCooler Master MasterBox Q500L

For the benchmarking of the Athlon 3000G, we were unable to use our premium ROG Crosshair VIII Hero for benchmarking, because of the lack of display outputs on the board. Also, it just doesn’t make much sense to test the CPU on a board that’s around 8x more expensive than the CPU itself. Thus we sourced an affordable ASUS Prime B450M-A, which should also be the kind of board one would reasonably pair with the Athlon 3000G. Also, we didn’t receive the AMD Athlon 3000G with its stock cooler, so we will be testing it with an inexpensive Cooler Master T200. It’s pretty run-of-the-mill, and we don’t expect it to bottleneck a 35W TDP part anyway.

Performance

As you might expect, the AMD Athlon 3000G will not blow anyone’s mind away with its performance. But once again, be reminded of the price and you would definitely be a lot more forgiving.

CPU Workloads

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In Cinebench R20, we do see that it isn’t exactly the fastest CPU out there, but you are getting solid, two-core performance out of the little chip. And while we were surprisingly unable to overclock it manually, letting ASUS EZ Tuning take the reins saw it go all the way up to 3.7 GHz.

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PCMark scores are also similarly low scores but from these scores, we can see that it is actually more than good enough for basic computing tasks and productivity. You would want to avoid using this for content creation though as it is just not made for the job.

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Last but not least, it does a decent job in 7zip’s benchmark too. Taking full advantage of the SMT available, going all out on the available threads nets a good 3.02x higher score.

GPU Workloads

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Now the main draw of the Athlon 3000G is probably its Vega graphics. It definitely will allow casual users to save on a GPU. You might even be able to pull off some gaming on it.

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While we tested at 1080p, you might enjoy more playable frame rates at 720p. Of course, do not even try playing at higher graphics settings than the lowest available because while AMD may offer better integrated graphics than the competition, it’s still not going to be powerful enough for that.

Since we didn’t get the included heatsink that comes with it, we cooled it with a Cooler Master Hyper T200. Priced at just RM65, we saw the Athlon 3000G running at just around 51°C in Realbench, before we slapped on the overclock.

Conclusion

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Would we recommend the AMD Athlon 3000G? Well, most probably not to any gamer who might be into AAA titles. Even throwing a dedicated GPU into the system Instead, it’s a nice little CPU to power HTPCs and that sort of thing. It will probably not be an upgrade to any recent mid-range processors, but if you are looking to get a cheap processor for any light workloads like internet browsing and that sort of thing, the AMD Athlon 3000G should be the perfect little processor for you. With a price tag of RM209, there’s little competition if you want something with a bit more grunt in its GPU at this price point.

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Our thanks to AMD Malaysia for sending us the AMD Athlon 3000G for review.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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