I put a $50 CPU in a $2000 GAMING PC

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(clicks) – Six grand? – Linus recently made a video on this The AMD Athlon™ 3000G It's a very impressive budget processor, however he tested it in single channel memory mode (audience boos) Which with Ryzen, has a huge, huge impact to performance Now of course the comments pointed this out and I and my superior intellect would never, ever make a mistake like that

I mean, clearly, I know what I'm talking about when it comes to Ryzen I would never accidentally run something in single channel memory when it was supposed to be in dual or vice versa, which clearly I know what I'm talking about For real though, this is actually a very interesting processor At $50, you're getting a pair of Zen cores as well as okay integrated graphics and it's even overclockable Which of course begs the question, that exactly no one has asked for

Exactly how far can we push it? Now of course there's the simple method, we could add dual channel memory, we could start to overclock it a little bit But I have something a little bit more nefarious in mind What happens when you pair a $50 CPU with a $1,200 graphics card? See I told you this video was gonna be dumb! You didn't listen to me, did you? Now you're here, you're committed The watch-time is through the roof, because you're stuck and you can't stop watching the video now Now obviously, no one should ever do this

It's a terrible idea to bottlebeck a system this hard But with this, we could very easily go, from this $50, little tiny Athlon CPU, to a full 16 core, Ryzen 9 and it would just be a drop-in upgrade So well yes, I could and probably should use a better cooler than the stock one that it comes with Realistically, even with trying to overclock this, we're not gonna be able to get that much more performance out of it And where realistically, where I think we can get more performance, is areas such as the memory

So we had some slight issues, in that our X570 motherboard didn't actually support our very low-end Athlon 3000G processor which technically it should have But I guess no one's ever thought to do that because that's really dumb So instead, we're using the good old A320M Gigabyte board which is a grand total of like 50 bucks With this and a fresh BIOS, we're all setup I've got 16 gigs of RAM just running at 2133 right now, so just very stock

Let's see what this Athlon can do, before we throw some of the crazy stuff at it Okay, so we have 1,312 as our baseline benchmark inside Fire Strike Now let's jump into CS:GO and see if it'll actually work So the thing is, CS:GO is obviously a fairly old game that's pretty easy to run So if I was going to just purely use the Athlon, that actually would be a good game to try

But we have a couple other titles that we can also I'll say stress test with because it's not really fair I don't think GTA 5 will run on this thing at all, actually All right, so inside CS:GO, 1080p high, should be pretty standard settings I'm hopeful this is playable I seem to recall with some of the earlier Athlons and low-end Ryzen stuff it's not that bad

This is fine Oh, well that's a big stutter We're looking at 30 to 40fps Now, is this a (oof) shotgun Did I just accidentally buy a shotgun? I did, didn't I? Okay, well (clears throat) all right

I'm willing to say that is a almost playable 40 frames per second on high 1080p Shall we, actually throw a graphics card in this and see what happens Okay, so with our 2080 Ti installed, we should have significantly better performance Now by significantly better, it means certainly not going to be as good as if we had say, I don't know, a not $50 CPU But, I have high hopes

We'll say high hopes for this Right So we have our driver installed and if we pull it up here you'll see that now do we have our Athlon 3000G running at a whopping 35 gigahertz that is paired with 16 gigs of RAM which for some reason is not showing here But importantly, we have our RTX 2080 Ti

So, let's see exactly how well it can benchmark, how it can handle 3DMark Fire Strike Can I just take a moment and point out that we're using a $50 CPU, very slow DDR4 memory, stock speeds and a $50 motherboard with a $1,200 graphics card? Whoo, 19, 18! That's where the CPU comes in So while the other tests were graphics, this is purely CPU As you can see, we're still complete garbage here But once you actually average it all out together this actually should be okay

So for reference, our score with the Athlon by itself was 1,312 We're up to almost 12,000 So if you have a $50 CPU and you want to get 10 times the performance in 3DMark, spend 24 times that price on a graphics card and you'll be just fine Why don't we try playing some actual game this time? I'm actually kind of curious to see what we get with CS:GO because traditionally, while it's not hard to get a decent frame rate, to get higher fps you really do need a very powerful CPU But because we have great graphics here, I'm just going to crank everything all the way up because why not? Excuse me, am I at 1440p at 100 frames per second right now? I mean, yeah, 100 frames per second is not great with a 2080 Ti

But I mean, it's not bad It's still running pretty smoothly I will say, while I have very low expectations for this, you wouldn't really be able to tell that this is a $50 CPU I mean 100 frames per second at 1440p? Sure, the 2080 Ti can go a lot harder, you could get a lot more performance But I expected this to be a pretty severe bottleneck

So for games, a little bit more demanding, we have GTA 5 which is running at 1440p with most settings set to high Is that 60 frames per second? What? Wait Wait That's pretty much 60 frames per second With a $50 CPU, we haven't even overclocked it, we haven't even like started running the RAM at like more than the base speed

And while, yes, a 2080 Ti I should be capable of more than 50, 60fps at 1440p, but that is very playable That is very, very playable I am legitimately impressed So next up we have F1® 2019 Now I'm going to try to push this as far as I can

So 2080 Ti's running at 1440p, all settings are pretty much set to ultra high So let's give the benchmark mode a try 60fps again, are you serious? (laughs) What is going on? Why is this not bad? Okay When we go outside, we're down to like 50 My mind is kind of blown right now that a $50 CPU is not terrible

I mean it's not great Certainly not great But 60fps is still not bad considering that we have everything set to ultra high So, I think what we're finding out here is that a $50 CPU, while not great especially when you're running it in single channel memory and the integrated graphics, this actually wouldn't be so bad Especially considering that most AM4 motherboards are very easy to upgrade

So you could start out with the Athlon, and as you get a little bit more money, you want a little bit more performance, you could upgrade to say like Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 or something So I think the only thing we can do now is to overclock, because why not? Let's see what we can actually pull out of this Because it's running at stock speeds and the memory is actually quite slow Oh! Nooooo! No! I'm stupid! No! I forgot when I started making this video I was using the X570 It's a very high-end board

I can throw high-end memory and overclock But I'm using a low-end board and I forgot I switched it out Another day, another motherboard And let's see how far we can push the 3000G So I was able to push it to 4 gigahertz on all, well about to say all cores, It's on both cores

And I was also able to bump the memory up to 2666 megahertz which is the rated maximum and that was as high as I can get it stable without losing my overclock So let's run through Fire Strike again and see if this is better or not So overclock actually isn't too crazy So we're somewhere in the neighborhood like 15% higher on the CPU and another 10, 15% on the memory So especially considering that a lot of this test is graphics-bound, I don't expect it to be a huge difference

This is really the only place where we're going to see any kind of significant difference And that's a bit better I think before we were actually at 17, 18fps, now we're like 21 So the number to beat is 11,963, and we've got 13,300? Are you serious? That's actually a pretty reasonable upgrade So for context, CS:GO before we are high 1440p and we were getting roughly 90fps

So let's see if we can average that out a little bit more We're getting a real performance improvement here Instead of sitting at like 90 to 100fps, we're like 100 to 120 Which makes sense because this game is very much CPU-bound when you get to those higher frame rates So we went from 61 to 70fps in F1® just by overclocking the CPU and speeding up the memory

I am legitimately impressed And again in GTA5 we're getting a solid 10fps boost just by overclocking Now, the cool thing about the CPU is that, while yes for $50, it is not incredibly powerful, but it is a really easy upgrade platform So if you want to build yourself your first gaming PC, and you start out with the Athlon, you can build something for very cheap and then as you get a little bit more money, you can add yourself a graphics card, maybe not quite the 2080 Ti And then once you sort of hit the upper limits of that, you can easily swap it out with something like Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 or theoretically all the way up to Ryzen 9

Now yes, there are certainly cases where you might want to spend a little bit more money For example, a Ryzen 3 3200G is not that much more and will give you significantly better performance with that full quad-core design Especially when you're doing anything like streaming you're definitely going to want more cores But I have to say, I'm very, very impressed with what we we're able to pull off with a $50 CPU I mean, this is a ridiculous setup, it shouldn't work

But it's actually not bad I said it (upbeat music)

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