Undisputed new low budget performance king is AMD Athlon 3000G APU with Vega 3 Graphics. This chip contains last of AMD’s 12nm + 14nm technology node that includes both CPU and GPU in one package. Unique feature of this APU is an overclockable CPU with dual core and four thread configuration. Total L2 + L3 cache is 5MB.
Unexpected surprise is coming from south east Asian website called mobilereview.vn where the author Huynh Khai thoroughly tested Athlon 3000G that costs only $49 in the market. Base clock is 3.5 GHz stable on stock cooler but you have a little room for overclocking. Previous budget king Athlon 200GE has 3.2 GHz base frequency and Athlon 3000G model has extra 300 MHz advantage that gives 4-8% performance increase. 12nm CPU side of 3000G chip is based on refined Zen+ architecture.
Best part of AMD APU chip is the fastest Graphics Processor where Athlon 3000G’s Vega 3 does’t fail low budget esports gamers. Latest RX Vega 3 Graphics can also be unlocked up to 3 GB Video Memory (UMA Buffer Size) using BIOS settings of Asus Prime A320M-K, B450M-K, B450 Strix and newest X570 motherboards. Extra 100 MHz performance has been squeezed from Vega 3 graphics making it slightly faster than previous Athlon generation.
In Cinebench R20 software, the results are fantastic for $49 APU in which it gets 353 points almost leveling with Intel Core i7-6700HQ flagship of 2016. Yet, in Cinebench R15 results, older Athlon 220GE stood up against latest Athlon 3000G firmly. Modest 8% increase in single core and 4% in multicore performance claimed by Athlon 3000G over 220GE version witnessed by reviewer. 3D Mark Night Raid CPU Core benchmark gives 5% better performance result to Athlon 3000G due to stronger graphics and higher clock speed.
3D Mark Sky Diver graphics benchmark indicates Athlon 3000G has 12% performance gain over 220GE and a whopping 16% superior results also goes to Athlon 3000G dominating older generation.
Next up, Full HD gaming benchmark results from CS:GO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive) esports title in which Athlon 3000G steadily held 55-65 fps in most intense shooting scenes against online players. You may get more frames per seconds if you lower down the resolution to 720p (HD).
Following game is intense popular strategy type called LoL (League of Legends). Amazingly, Full HD resolution on high settings at 69-79 fps solid performance is seen by reviewer in LoL game.
Lastly, FIFA Online 4 is the most exciting footbal game on PC powered by Garena launcher. Athlon 3000G easily passes the test by giving concrete 60 fps on high settings Full HD resolution making the gameplay butter smooth.
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. Most important part here is that AMD Ryzen Master tool can fully utilize every bit of Athlon 3000G’s potential through overclocking unless you have a decent CPU cooler.
Note: You may get 3 GB Video Memory (UMA Buffer Size) for any Ryzen APUs on any Asus AM4 motherboards, follow the tutorial in our previous topic about increasing the VRAM.
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