AMD releases a $49 mainstream desktop processor, the Athlon 3000G with Radeon Vega graphics

Today, AMD released the Athlon 3000G, a processor that's made for mainstream desktop users. The 3000G is the first Athlon chip to use the Zen architecture, and it's unlocked for overclocking.

The dual-core chip has four threads and a 35W TDP, along with Radeon Vega 3 graphics. That means that it includes triple-core graphics clocked at 1,000MHz.

AMD says that the 14nm chip can handle a broad range of use cases, from productivity to high definition gaming. Indeed, offering a 3.5GHz chip that's unlocked for overclocking at this price point isn't something that's available on the Intel side of things.

Intel's comparable 35W lineup would be the T-series, and the Core i3-9100T would run you $122. That's a quad-core CPU, also with four threads, and the base clock speed is 3.1GHz. It also includes UHD Graphics 630 clocked at 350MHz, rather than Radeon Vega.

If you're in the market for a mainstream desktop chip and you're on a budget, the AMD Athlon 3000G is available now for $49.

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