AMD Athlon 3000G Review

Budget-low-power Desktop processor released in 2019 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 3.5GHz, and a 35W power rating. Athlon 3000G is based on the Raven Ridge 14nm family and part of the Athlon series.
Price 94%
Speed 47%
Productivity 30%
Gaming 72%
Category Desktop
Target budget-low-power
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics Radeon Vega 3
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 1 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 66.49 USD
Number of Cores 2 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 3.5 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.5 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.5 GHz
Power Consumption 35 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 4 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 94 %
Speed Score 47 %
Productivity Score 30 %
Gaming Score 72 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 57.6 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 28.8 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 14.4 %
Overall Score 39/100

The Athlon 3000G is one of AMD's budget-low-power Desktop processors. It was released in 2019 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 3.5GHz, and a 35W power rating. The Athlon 3000G is based on the Raven Ridge 14nm family and is part of the Athlon series.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the AMD Athlon 3000G finally dethrones the Celeron G4930 as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Athlon 3000G doesn't reach the same single-core performance as Intel, but we're starting to see more games adopt multi-threaded CPUs, so that doesn't matter as much.

AMD's Zen series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

But, like most humans, if you do things other than gaming, the Athlon 3000G offers a better mixture of performance in single- and multi-threaded applications. The Athlon 3000G offers twice the threads of the price-comparable Celeron G4930, and it wields them to great effect in threaded workloads. As such, rendering and encoding remain a strong suit of the Athlon chips, and AMD's improvements to AVX throughput have yielded impressive results.

It gets more interesting, however, when you compare the Athlon 3000G to its main competitor. The Intel Celeron G4930 is available for $42, an 2-core processor with no hyperthreading, which means that the Athlon 3000G offers twice the processing threads at a lower price tag. Intel is still king when it comes to single-core performance, but when it comes to multi-core ones, the AMD Athlon 3000G is the absolute beast.

One of the nice things about the AMD Athlon 3000G processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Athlon 3000G up for $66.49 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Athlon 3000G retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 35W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

The AMD Athlon 3000G seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $66.49 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Celeron G4930 2-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel UHD Graphics 610 graphics ($42 shipped).

The Athlon 3000G clocks up to 3.5Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 3.6GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent budget-low-power chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade X370, X470, X570 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Athlon CPUs, AMD's attack on Intel now extends down into the budget-low-power with its Athlon 3000G processors, which the company is making available as of Nov 2019.

Although the 35W-rated cooler doesn't feature a copper base or the LEDs found on AMD's higher-end thermal solutions, it does handle Athlon's heat output deftly enough to facilitate XFR-triggered frequencies. This gives you an extra 200 MHz. We were even able to overclock the Athlon 3000G to 3.7 GHz within a reasonable temperature range. The fan also blows down onto the motherboard, which provide additional cooling around the socket. If you need more bling, AMD recently announced that it now offers the LED-equipped cooler separately.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD Athlon 3000G

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD Athlon 3000G.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB $ 1,599 $ 9.5 167.8 FPS
215.6 FPS
164.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 5.1 156.6 FPS
201.2 FPS
153.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB $ 999 $ 6.6 151.4 FPS
191 FPS
132.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB $ 1,199 $ 8.2 145.4 FPS
186.7 FPS
142.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB $ 799 $ 5.7 139.7 FPS
179.3 FPS
136.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB $ 899 $ 6.5 137.7 FPS
173.6 FPS
120.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 11.5 130.7 FPS
161.9 FPS
116.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB $ 1,099 $ 8.8 125.1 FPS
157.8 FPS
109.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB $ 1,999 $ 16.3 123 FPS
158 FPS
120.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB $ 999 $ 8.2 122.5 FPS
152.7 FPS
107.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB $ 649 $ 5.6 115.3 FPS
143.7 FPS
101.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 7 113.9 FPS
144 FPS
107.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 6.1 113.9 FPS
141.1 FPS
101.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB $ 599 $ 5.4 110 FPS
137.7 FPS
103.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 10GB $ 599 $ 6.1 97.7 FPS
122.1 FPS
89.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB $ 579 $ 6.3 91.3 FPS
113.8 FPS
80.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 5.7 87.1 FPS
108 FPS
77.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 31.2 80 FPS
102.4 FPS
73.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 16.7 77.9 FPS
99.7 FPS
71.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB $ 479 $ 6.2 76.9 FPS
96.5 FPS
67.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB 8GB $ 399 $ 5.3 75.6 FPS
96 FPS
71 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB $ 399 $ 5.6 71.4 FPS
90.8 FPS
66.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 9.9 70.7 FPS
89.6 FPS
64.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 5.9 68.2 FPS
86 FPS
61 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 44.3 67.7 FPS
86.7 FPS
63.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB $ 299 $ 4.4 67.7 FPS
86.4 FPS
63.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB $ 269 $ 4 67.7 FPS
85.4 FPS
60.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 10.5 66.8 FPS
83.8 FPS
59.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB $ 379 $ 5.9 64 FPS
80.3 FPS
56.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 12.1 62.6 FPS
79.9 FPS
57.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 8 62.2 FPS
77.1 FPS
55.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 19.5 61.4 FPS
77.1 FPS
56.6 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 11.4 61.4 FPS
76.6 FPS
54 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 6.7 59.8 FPS
74.5 FPS
52.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 8.5 59 FPS
72.1 FPS
52.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 8GB $ 200 $ 3.4 59 FPS
74.5 FPS
55.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB $ 329 $ 5.6 58.6 FPS
72.8 FPS
52.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 7.2 55.8 FPS
67.1 FPS
47.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 6.4 54.8 FPS
68.4 FPS
48.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 9.4 53.2 FPS
65.3 FPS
46.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 6.7 52.5 FPS
61.7 FPS
43.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 5.4 51.7 FPS
63.9 FPS
44.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 30.1 49.8 FPS
60.4 FPS
45.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 10 49.7 FPS
62 FPS
43.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 8.3 49.3 FPS
60.5 FPS
42.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 6GB $ 249 $ 5.2 48.2 FPS
58.8 FPS
42.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 20.9 47.9 FPS
58.1 FPS
41 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 5.9 46.9 FPS
57.6 FPS
40.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 8.6 46.6 FPS
58 FPS
40.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 8.8 45.4 FPS
55.2 FPS
38.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 5.2 44.2 FPS
54.3 FPS
38.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 15.6 41.7 FPS
50.9 FPS
35.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 5.3 41.6 FPS
51.1 FPS
36 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 7.1 39.5 FPS
47.1 FPS
32.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 17.1 37.9 FPS
48.4 FPS
35 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 4.4 36.2 FPS
44.4 FPS
31.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 5.5 35.9 FPS
42.8 FPS
29.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 15.3 35.8 FPS
43.2 FPS
30.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 6.5 35 FPS
41.7 FPS
28.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 18.9 34.4 FPS
43.3 FPS
31.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 29.9 33.4 FPS
40 FPS
29.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 16.8 32.6 FPS
40.7 FPS
28.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 7.8 32.5 FPS
39 FPS
27.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 5.2 32.2 FPS
38.4 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 13.7 31.3 FPS
39.1 FPS
27.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 5.5 30.8 FPS
37.1 FPS
26.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 10.9 30.3 FPS
36.1 FPS
26.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 13.6 29.4 FPS
36.4 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 11.2 29.3 FPS
35.7 FPS
24 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 5.8 28.9 FPS
35.2 FPS
24.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 5.4 27.6 FPS
33.6 FPS
23.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 6.9 25.8 FPS
31.6 FPS
22.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 10.6 21.7 FPS
26.3 FPS
18.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 12.8 19.5 FPS
23.7 FPS
16 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 10.3 19.3 FPS
23.4 FPS
16 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 8.9 19 FPS
23.2 FPS
16.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 14.8 18.8 FPS
23.1 FPS
15.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 10.7 18.6 FPS
22.5 FPS
15.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 10.4 16.2 FPS
19.5 FPS
13.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 6.6 15 FPS
17.9 FPS
12.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 10.8 14.7 FPS
17.5 FPS
12.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 10.3 14.4 FPS
16.5 FPS
11.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 10.4 14.3 FPS
15.9 FPS
11.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 10.6 13.2 FPS
15.8 FPS
11 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 11.6 12.8 FPS
13.6 FPS
9.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 7.5 10.5 FPS
12.6 FPS
8.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 7.9 10 FPS
11.9 FPS
8 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

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raygun1997 June 24, 2020

[HELP] Overclocking AMD Athlon 3000g on Gigabyte B450m gone wrong

Hello,

The other day I tried overclocking through BIOS under the "AMD Overclocking" menu. After the settings I tried, my PC didn't boot. So I took out the mobo battery to reset the BIOS and PC boots again, BUT, if I try to change ANY setting in BIOS it wont boot.

And currently need to change some BIOS settings in order to do some CS homework so please any help would be greatly appreciated

M
mixiarse June 20, 2020

don't gigabyte's have duel bios's try switching to the other bios or reflash you bios it may have got corrupted somehow.

R
raygun1997 June 14, 2020

Mine doesn’t have dual bios

Can I reflash with the same version or do I have to go back one then update

M
MeechoMadness May 14, 2020

Family PC Build pls help - I'm assuming the Athlon 3000g doesn't have a BIOS

Specs:

Athlon 3000g

AsRock A320m-HDV

Corsair Venge... blah blah

The system boots, input is there, just black screen though so I reset the bios... nothing. I went to go download the bios and apparently you can only update using the Radeon software. Obviously I haven't downloaded windows yet because it won't even give me anything on the screen lol. Pls help.

S
SirGeorgington June 04, 2020

The thing you found is the video drivers. You need to get the motherboard BIOS from the manufacturers website, and use an older AM4 CPU to update the BIOS. AMD will loan you a processor to do this.

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Critics Reviews

The Athlon 3000G ($49 MSRP, but selling everywhere at this writing for $55 to $65) is AMD's newest entry in its economy desktop processor line, but in truth the 3000G is mostly old CPU wine in a ...
The Athlon 3000G is very efficient, pushing total system usage to just 58 watts in the Blender benchmark. That’s a 12% increase over the 200GE but 23% less than the Pentium G4560.
The Athlon 3000G ($49 MSRP, but selling everywhere at this writing for $55 to $65) is AMD's newest entry in its economy desktop processor line, but in truth the 3000G is mostly old CPU wine in a ...
AMD Athlon 3000G is the new low cost APU of AMD that we present today in our review. A product that comes to replace the previous AMD Athlon 200GE model with higher clock speeds and Overclock option. This processor for computers with a tight budget allows us to set up a system to work on the desktop, surf the internet, play 4K HDR videos and play lightly titles with a certain level of demand ...
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AMD's Athlon 3000G is the dream of every entry-level system builder. Priced at only $49, it offers four threads, integrated Vega graphics, and an unlocked multiplier. We overclocked it beyond 4 GHz with minimal voltage increases, and memory support has improved, too.
The Athlon 3000G is a dual-core part with SMT-enabled, so it has four threads active and 512 KB L2 cache per core and 4 MB shared L3 cache. The base clock is 3.50 GH, in fact it is matching the 240GE.
AMD released their Athlon 3000G alongside their new Ryzen 9 3950X and 3rd-gen Ryzen Threadripper last November 29th and alongside these CPUs also came the Athlon 3000G. Following the success of the Athlon 220GE the 240GE, the Athlon 3000G looks to update entry-level consumers with a more fresh processor.
Athlon 3000G easily passes the test by giving concrete 60 fps on high settings Full HD resolution making the gameplay butter smooth. Courtesy of mobilereview.vn. To conclude, the reviewer closes the topic by showing temperature results taken from 3D Mark maximum tests. The maximum temperature of APU package has reached up to 62 degrees Celcius.