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AMD Athlon 3000G : The Last Raven Ridge APU!

AMD Athlon 3000G : The Last Raven Ridge APU Unlocked!

Together with the Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD just launched their last Raven Ridge APU – the Athlon 3000G!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Athlon 3000G, and how it compares against the older Raven Ridge APUs!

Updated @ 2019-11-26 : Added Singapore purchase link.

Updated @ 2019-11-22 : Added the official AMD Athlon 3000G price for Malaysia.

Updated @ 2019-11-20 : Added UK purchase links, and some minor corrections.

Originally posted @ 2019-11-07

 

Introducing The AMD Athlon 3000G

The AMD Raven Ridge soldiers on for one more hurrah! Introducing the AMD Athlon 3000G in this video is Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Athlon 3000G : The Last Raven Ridge APU!

The 3000G is what AMD calls an Accelerated Processing Unit, because it combines a processor with a graphics processor in a single die.

It comes with two Zen processor cores that are capable of handling four simultaneous threads, and a Radeon Vega 3 GPU with 12 texture units and 4 ROPs.

Priced at just US$49, the Athlon 3000G has a fixed 3.5 GHz clock speed, with a 35 W TDP. It comes with a 1 MB L2 cache and a 4 MB L3 cache. Unlike earlier Raven Ridge APUs though, the 3000G has been unlocked for overclocking.

However, this will be the (last and) only Raven Ridge Athlon to be released this year, so don’t expect a higher clocked part. Don Woligroski confirmed this in the Q&A session (see this video)

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

 

AMD Athlon 3000G Specifications

As this table shows, the Athlon 3000G is basically the Athlon 240GE with a 100 MHz faster Vega 3 GPU, that has been unlocked for easier overclocking.

Specifications Athlon
3000G
Athlon
240GE
Athlon
220GE
Athlon
200GE
Fab Process 14 nm
Cores / Threads 2 / 4
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.2 GHz
Boost Clock NA NA NA NA
L2 Cache 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Vega Graphics Vega 3 (1100 MHz) Vega 3 (1000 MHz)
Memory Support DDR4-2667 (Dual Channel)
TDP 35 W
Launch Price $49 $75 $65 $55

 

How Fast Is The AMD Athlon 3000G?

AMD is targeting the 3000G against the Intel Pentium G5400, which retails at $73 – almost 50% higher.

According to AMD’s benchmarks, it will offer better performance across the board, at ⅔ of the cost.

Because it’s very similar to last year’s Athlon 240GE, AMD unlocked the 3000G to allow for easier overclocking.

If you overclock it by 400 MHz to 3.9 GHz, you will see even better performance over the Intel Pentium G5400 :

 

AMD Athlon 3000G Price + Availability

The AMD Athlon 3000G has a recommended retail price of just US$49 / RM209, and it will be available for purchase from 19 November 2019 onwards.

Here are some online purchase options (we will update it when more opportunities come online) :

This makes it 35% cheaper than the Athlon 240GE ($75) when it was first launched. But of course, that was a year ago!

 

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AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Ryzen + Threadripper Update!

We just just received an update on Ryzen and Threadripper processors in the AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update!

Here is our complete coverage of the AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update, including tech briefing videos by Robert Hallock and Don Woligroski!

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update + Q&A Session With Don Woligroski

AMD kicked off their Fall 2019 Desktop Update with a tech briefing and Q&A session with Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update By Robert Hallock

They then shared a separate, but similar, tech briefing by Robert Hallock, AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update Summary

The AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update can be broken into three sections :

  1. AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor
  • 16-core, 32-thread processor with 105 watt TDP
  • 3.5 GHz base clock, a 4.7 GHz boost clock, and a massive 64 MB L3 cache.
  • No bundled cooler, designed for water cooling with 280 mm or larger radiator
  • Launch price : $749
  • Availability : 25 November 2019
  • Full details : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

  1. AMD Athlon 3000G APU with Radeon Vega Graphics

  1. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X | 3960X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache
  • Uses new Socket sTRX4 with new AMD TRX40 chipset
  • Launch price : $1999 (3970X) | $1399 (3960X)
  • Launch date : 25 November 2019
  • Full details : 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Tech Preview!

  1. New Eco-Mode For 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors

 

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Official AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Briefing

AMD just announced the Athlon PRO family of processors, together with the consumer-grade “regular” AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics. This new processor is basically the AMD Athlon APU with enterprise-grade security and reliability features.

In this article, we will share with you the official AMD tech briefing on the AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics APUs, including the official slides, and other details.

Don’t forget to check out the Official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Briefing and the Official 2nd Gen Ryzen PRO Desktop CPU Tech Briefing!

 

The Official AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official Athlon PRO tech briefing by David Tjong, AMD Product Marketing Manager. This is an improved video that we created with larger, sharper slides and gaps removed. Enjoy!

 

AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics

The AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics is what AMD calls an Accelerated Processing Unit, because it combines a processor with a graphics processor in a single die.

In the Athlon PRO’s case, it is basically a cut-down version of the AMD Ryzen PRO APUs launched in May 2018 – a combination of a Ryzen CPU with a Radeon Vega graphics processor, with enterprise-grade security and reliability features.

Most of the built-in security features are already part of the consumer-grade AMD Athlon APU. The PRO version adds on quality assurances and warranty, as well as manageability features for businesses and enterprises.

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AMD Athlon PRO 200GE

AMD officially launched only one PRO APU on 6 September 2018 – the AMD Athlon PRO 200GE with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics. It has exactly the same performance characteristics as the consumer-grade AMD Athlon 200GE APU.

The Athlon PRO 200GE has two Zen processor cores that is capable of handling four simultaneous threads, with three Radeon Vega Graphics compute units. It has a fixed 3.2 GHz clock speed, with a 35 W TDP. It comes with a 1 MB L2 cache and a 4 MB L3 cache.

 

Where Does The AMD Athlon PRO Fit In?

The AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics is meant to be a basic processor option with basic graphics capabilities.

It slots in below the AMD Ryzen 3 PRO models, and competes directly against the Intel Pentium G4560, which AMD notes, uses more power and lacks Intel vPro security and manageability features.

With just two Zen cores and three Vega CUs, it’s definitely not meant for serious graphics or video work. But it will be more than powerful enough to power an office PC. In fact, AMD sees it powering a new slew of thin and compact desktop PCs.

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How Fast Is The AMD Athlon PRO?

AMD pit their Athlon PRO 200GE against the Intel Pentium G4560. A couple of differences to note :

  • The Athlon PRO 200GE runs at 3.2 GHz, while the Pentium G4560 runs at 3.5 GHz.
  • The Athlon PRO 200GE has 5 MB of L2 and L3 cache, while the Pentium G4560 only has a 2 MB L2 cache.
  • The Athlon PRO 200GE runs a 35 W TDP, while the Pentium G4560 has a 54 W TDP.
  • The Athlon PRO 200GE supports DDR4-2933 memory, while the Pentium G4560 only supports DDR4-2400 memory.

According to AMD, the Athlon PRO 200GE is slightly slower than the Pentium G4560 in CPU performance, but has 67% better graphics performance with a 35% lower TDP.

In light workloads, AMD claims that the 200GE performs just as well as the Pentium G4560.

For large enterprises whose IT teams have to deploy hundreds or thousands of PCs, this may matter more. According to a third-party study commissioned by AMD, deploying an AMD system is no different than deploying an Intel system – they both take the same number of steps.

In fact, the study also showed that it takes an IT team slightly less time to deploy an AMD system than an equivalent Intel system. This may not matter much with a few systems, but when you are dealing with a hundreds or thousands of systems, it could mean hours and days saved.

 

AMD Athlon PRO Price + Availability

The AMD Athlon PRO 200GE APU is available with immediate effect to AMD OEM partners, but their eventual system availability will depend on the respective OEM launch schedules. Right now, you can look forward to these system :

  • HP EliteDesk G4 – in full tower, mini tower and SFF form factors
  • Lenovo ThinkCentre M715q Tiny
  • Dell OptiPlex 5055

 

Complete Set of AMD Athlon PRO Presentation Slides

 

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AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Report!

AMD just introduced the AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics. They are essentially a new low-cost family of processors based on the AMD Raven Ridge APUs launched earlier this year.

In this article, we will share with you the official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics tech briefing, as well as the official slides, and other details.

 

The Official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics tech briefing by Robert Hallock, AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager. This is an improved video that we created with larger, sharper slides and gaps removed. Enjoy!

 

AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics

The AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics is what AMD calls an Accelerated Processing Unit, because it combines a processor with a graphics processor in a single die.

In the Athlon APU’s case, it is basically a cut-down version of the AMD Raven Ridge APUs launched in February 2018. It combines a Ryzen CPU with a Radeon Vega graphics processor.

 

What Are The New AMD Athlon APU Models?

AMD officially launched only one Athlon APU on 6 September 2018 – the AMD Athlon 200GE with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics. It has two Zen processor cores that is capable of handling four simultaneous threads, with three Radeon Vega Graphics compute units.

Priced at just US$55, the Athlon 200GE has a fixed 3.2 GHz clock speed, with a 35 W TDP. It comes with a 1 MB L2 cache and a 4 MB L3 cache.

AMD also announced that the AMD Athlon 220GE and Athlon 240GE models (specifications unknown) will be released sometime in Q4 2018.

 

What Motherboards Does It Support?

The AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics runs on the AMD AM4 platform. So you can upgrade your existing AM4 system with the new Athlon APU (with a BIOS upgrade).

Although AMD did not explicitly mention it, the AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics most likely supports the faster DDR4-2933 memory, so it may pay to upgrade to a newer motherboard that supports the higher DDR4 memory speed.

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Where Does The AMD Athlon APU Fit In?

The AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics is meant to be a basic processor option with basic graphics capabilities. It slots in below the AMD Ryzen 3 CPU and APU models, and competes directly against the Intel Pentium and Celeron models.

With just two Zen cores and three Vega CUs, it’s definitely not meant for serious gaming. But it will be more than powerful enough to power a family computer, or a cheap office PC.

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How Fast Is The AMD Athlon APU?

AMD pit their Athlon 200GE against the Intel Pentium G4560. A couple of differences to note :

  • The Athlon 200GE runs at 3.2 GHz, while the Pentium G4560 runs at 3.5 GHz.
  • The Athlon 200GE has 5 MB of L2 and L3 cache, while the Pentium G4560 only has a 2 MB L2 cache.
  • The Athlon 200GE runs a 35 W TDP, while the Pentium G4560 has a 54 W TDP.
  • The Athlon 200GE supports DDR4-2933 memory, while the Pentium G4560 only supports DDR4-2400 memory.

The AMD Athlon 200GE was roughly equal to the Pentium G4560 in CPU performance, but has 67% better graphics performance with a 35% lower TDP. AMD estimates that this mades the Athlon 200GE 2X more efficient than the Pentium G4560.

 

A Generational Boost From Zen

Here are more benchmark comparison (sadly with no actual numbers) comparing the Athlon 200GE against the Pentium G4560, and the previous-generation AMD A6-9500E APU. The Athlon 200GE is notably twice as fast as the A6-9500E.

 

Can You Game On The AMD Athlon APU?

Well, you can… if you are satisfied with your games running at 720p. Still, it is far better than what’s possible with the processor graphics of the Intel Pentium G4560 or the A6-9500E APU.

You can boost its gaming performance with a discrete graphics card, although it will be hobbled a little by its PCIe x8 support (instead of PCIe x16).

In this test, AMD used the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050. The Intel Pentium G4560 was a little faster, but requires more power.

 

AMD Athlon APU Price + Availability

The AMD Athlon 200GE is priced at US$ 55, and will be available from global retailers and system integrators starting 18 September 2018, while the Athlon 220GE and 240GE processor models are slated for launch in Q4 2018.

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The Complete AMD Athlon APU Presentation Slides

Here is a complete set of the official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics presentation slides for your perusal.

 

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