Athlon 3000G Overclocking: Is It Worth It?

An amd athlon 3000g overclock - literally held above a clock.

Today we’ll be taking a look at AMD’s ultra-budget Athlon 3000G, and seeing how well we can push it with an overclock. The Athlon 3000G is a bit of a special product as it’s fully unlocked for overclocking despite a low price point. Right now the 2-core APU is available in the UK for under £45 and in the US for around $55. With a low 3.5GHz stock speed and diminutive “Vega 3” graphics, what can be done to get a good gaming experience on this super-cheap chip?

The aim here isn’t to compare this chip to its competition. Rather we’re comparing before and after overclocking our Athlon 3000G. Overclocking isn’t always the quickest process, and we want to help you decide if it’s right for you. We’ll be looking at 5 CPU benchmarks, 5 synthetic GPU tests, and 5 real-world games.

All the overclocking was done through AMD’s Ryzen Master software, which seems to work well with the Athlon 3000G.

Hardware Setup

CPU AMD Athlon 3000G
CPU Cooler AMD Stock “65W near-silent”
Memory 2x8GB OEM Micron “MTA8ATF1G64AZ-2G3B1” DDR4
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M-S2H
GPU Vega 3 (integrated)
Storage Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD
Case Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable
OC Software Ryzen Master

We’re using a fairly basic setup, with the stock cooler and a cheap motherboard. The memory is also OEM and not known for overclocking. Hopefully this should represent around what most 3000G owners have access to. The open setup may give a cooling advantage, but we’ve stuck with the standard fan curve.

Picture of our athlon 3000G overclocking rig, with the stock cooler and a Gigabyte B450M-S2H.
The test setup in place. The debug speaker is our own and didn’t come with the board, but the board does provide beeps with a speaker plugged in.

Read on for our overclocking logs (pages 2-4) and our benchmark results (pages 5-7).


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