Pros

Good balance of CPU and graphics power; user-friendly AM4 platform is easy to use and open to upgrades

Cons

If Intel's Pentium processors were actually available for purchase, the Athlon wouldn't be as appealing

Star Rating

The Benchmark Utilities

On this page, we provide benchmark results from three well-known utilities, PCMark 10 representing office PC usage, 3DMark Fire Strike representing gaming, and Cinebench representing content creation.

PCMark 10

PCMark

The Athlons put up a good fight, but versus 2017's $85 wonder from Intel, they come up a bit short. Of note, the "Content Creation" tests in PCMark 10 are very much dependent on GPU power, which is why the 200GE and 240GE are essentially tied here, since they both have the same Vega 3 graphics. It's a bit concerning that they can't beat the Pentium in this test, but at least the 240GE does pull ahead in Productivity. Indeed, overall the 240GE is nearly on par with its Intel competition, but given its price parity and newer vintage, that isn't exactly compelling. Perhaps throwing it a gaming test will let it stretch its legs...

3DMark Fire Strike

Fire Strike

Yup, here we see the strength of the Athlon product line. Again, it's not CPU processing power, as indicated by the "Physics" test, but rather graphics power, where the integrated Vega 3 chip is ahead of Intel's 630 Graphics by a significant 26%. That's an even larger margin that we saw in the less-demanding Sky Diver benchmark on the previous page, where the Athlons were ahead of Intel by 15%. We'll talk more about this when we get into actual game benchmarks on the next page.

Cinebench R15

Cinebench

Cinebench is a well-known and heavily-utilized benchmarking utility that happens to be fairly AMD-friendly. It was one of the benchmarks first "leaked" by AMD when it launched the Ryzen line in 2017. Cinebench indeed made Ryzen processors, which were brimming with cores and threads, look very good versus the Intel competition, but this time we see that when AMD has to play on a level playing field with Intel, it just can't win, at least not at its current clockrates. And remember, as we've mentioned, the Pentium was not a moving target. It was released preemptively at the beginning of 2017, in anticipation of CPUs that AMD wouldn't end up launching for another year and a half. In that sense, AMD delivered a win for budget-conscious consumers without shipping a single CPU, although we have a feeling this wasn't exactly the intention...

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