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.
|CPU||AMD Athlon 3000G|
|CPU Cooler||AMD Stock “65W near-silent”|
|Memory||2x8GB OEM Micron “MTA8ATF1G64AZ-2G3B1” DDR4|
|BIOS||F41 (AGESA 126.96.36.199AB)|
|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.
Read on for our overclocking logs (pages 2-4) and our benchmark results (pages 5-7).