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AMD launches the Athlon 3000G

Cheap and cheerful, the new AMD Athlon 3000G gaming CPU could prove something of a smash hit among budget builders with its price tag.

AMD Athlon CPU in box

Billed as being for mainstream users the new Athlon 3000G from AMD is a dual core, four thread budget CPU with a clock speed of 3.5GHz. With an MSRP of $49 the Athlon 3000G isn’t going to break the bank and while it’s not going to play newer games or shred benchmark scores that’s not exactly what it is for.

The Athlon 3000G has a 1MB L2 cache and uses an AM4 socket. This is the first Zen Athlon to be unlocked for overclocking, so there’s more to be got from it and that 35W TDP gives a decent amount of headroom if there’s even a half decent cooler on it. The Athlon 3000G also includes the Radeon Vega 3 iGPU, with 3 NGCUs (192 stream processors) and an effective core clock of 1.1GHz.

While it won’t trouble the thoughts of many gamers and PC builders overmuch the Athlon 3000G looks like it could be something of a big fish in its own particular price pond.