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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Athlon 3000G 2-Core 3.5GHz Core i3-9350KF 4-Core 4.0GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 29%
Hitman 3 69% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 69% 5%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 22% 32%
FIFA 21 18% 34%
Grand Theft Auto VI 107% 16%
Far Cry 6 98% 11%
Genshin Impact 5% 47%
Battlefield 6 76% 1%
Resident Evil 8 40% 22%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-9350KF 4-Core 4.0GHz is massively better than the AMD Athlon 3000G 2-Core 3.5GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Athlon 3000G 2-Core was released less than a year after the Core i3-9350KF 4-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i3-9350KF 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Athlon 3000G 2-Core. With 4 cores, the Core i3-9350KF 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the AMD Athlon 3000G 2-Core 3.5GHz and the Intel Core i3-9350KF 4-Core 4.0GHz have the same number of threads. The Core i3-9350KF 4-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Athlon 3000G 2-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Athlon 3000G 2-Core and Core i3-9350KF 4-Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i3-9350KF 4-Core has a 0.5 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Core i3-9350KF 4-Core.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Athlon 3000G 2-Core has a 56 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-9350KF 4-Core (though they were created with the same size 14 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Athlon 3000G 2-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameRaven RidgeCoffee Lake
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date19 Nov 201906 Jan 2019
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs4.6 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs91 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature95°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size192 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs-
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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Package Size 209.78 mm˛vs37.5mm x 37.5mm
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Athlon 3000G 2-Core 3.5GHz is a budget desktop APU based on AMD's 14nm Zen Raven Ridge microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 3.5 GHz base clock speed. It's the first ever Athlon Zen processor to enable overclocking out of the box. It has an unlocked multiplier and therefore can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 4MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. It also has 1MB L2 Cache and 192KB L1 Cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 32GB. The AMD Athlon 3000G has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W, making it a low-end, power-efficient CPU. Among its many features are Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. It features an integrated Vega 3 GPU with 3 Execution units, 192 Shaders, and a maximum clock speed of 1,000MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that can run less demanding eSports titles at 720p.The Intel Core i3-9350KF 4-Core 4.0GHz is a mid to low-end CPU based on Intel's 9th Gen 14nm, Coffee Lake refresh microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 4.0GHz, which may go up to 4.6GHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier and can therefore be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 8MB of SmartCache. Intel SmartCache refers to the architecture that allows all cores to dynamically share access to the last level cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 91W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many advanced features are Intel Optane Memory support, Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization technology. It Intel Core i3-9350KF features no onboard integrated graphics. This CPU is likely to offer decent computational performance and will not be a bottleneck in all but the most CPU-intensive AAA games in 2019.