AMD ATHLON 3000G ANNOUNCED

The AMD Athlon 3000G CPU is the new entry level processor for AM4 motherboards. AMD said the CPU will be available on November 19, 2019.

This is a 14nm part is a Kestrel die, which is a native dual core. Small Kestrel dies should only have 8 PCIe lanes available, and the larger Raven dies should have 12 PCIe lanes.

  • AMD Picasso
  • Socket AM4
  • 2 cores and 4 threads
  • 4 lanes PCIe 3.0 for M.2
  • 4 lanes PCIe 3.0 for chipset
  • 8 lanes PCIe 3.0 for a discrete display adapter
  • TSMC 14nm
  • 35W TDP
  • 3.5 GHz unlocked
  • 4MB L3 cache
  • Vega 3 graphics
  • 2 channel DDR4-2667
  • Tray: YD3000C6M2OFH
  • PIB: YD3000C6FHBOX

The AMD Athlon 3000G is best for entry level systems. At $49 this CPU will be popular worldwide. With a BIOS update it should be able to run on most AM4 motherboards fine.

The Athlon 3000G is a Picasso class APU so it is able to be installed on a B550 or X570 motherboard.

Supported memory speeds are DDR4-2667 and it can support up to 64 GB. It will come bundled with AMD’s 65W near-silent stock wraith cooler, which is absolutely overkill for this processor.

AMD has indicated lots of Athlon 3000G processors will be available. Intel has not been motivated to make many Celeron or Pentium processors due to the low profit margins.

This processor is designed to be a Pentium killer, offering consumers low pricing, support for both CPU and memory overclocking; features that Intel’s Pentium series lacks. Combine this with better out of the box performance (at least in AMD’s testing) and AMD’s on to a winner. 

The relative performance of the Athlon 3000G is fine for basic work such as wordpress development, word processing and spreadsheets.

In a smaller µATX machine with 8GB or 16GB of memory, the Athlon can handle basic Windows 10 tasks with ease. The Vega 3 graphics are basic but Windows can take full advantage for the desktop manager needs.

The Athlon 3000G can make do with fewer chassis fans. Still the basic front and rear fan to move air is best for long term installations.

AMD RYZEN 4000 NEXT YEAR

The AMD roadmap shows that Zen 3 processor designs are done and they will be available early in 2020. The Zen 3 core has already taped out earlier this year on TSMC’s 7nm+ manufacturing process and will go into production next year.  AMD said that channel sales will be launched and availability of processors will ramp up as inventory shifts.

AMD’s Zen 3 architecture is expected to bring no less than an 8% increase in instructions per clock vs current Ryzen 3000 series desktop CPUs based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. With Zen 3, AMD is maintaining the same 8-core per chiplet design that we currently see with Zen 2, with a few significant improvements to the cache hierarchy, infinity fabric and the clock mesh.

AMD Zen 4 is further down the road and most likely this CPU will also be available for socket AM4.

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