A new processor will be joining AMD’s ranks this month and will cost just $49. The Athlon 3000G will offer 2 cores, 4 threads, and integrated Radeon Vega 3 graphics.
The 35W part, which obviously doesn’t require a separate graphics card to play games, has a maximum boost frequency of 3.5GHz. It should be noted, though, that the CPU uses the Zen+ architecture and not the more recent Zen 2 architecture.
It’s one of the cheapest overclockable CPUs around and according to AMD’s figures, has similar or better performance to Intel’s more expensive Pentium G5400 in content creation and significantly higher frame rates in games compared to the Intel CPU’s onboard graphics. It’s not going to handle modern games at 1080p for super-cheap systems and resolutions up to 720p in popular titles such as Fortnite and Rocket League, it’s potentially a very affordable way to create the basis of a gaming PC.