AMD's Aging OEM Quad-Core CPU Finally Debuts at Retail

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Ryzen CPU (Image credit: AMD)

You may not remember AMD's Ryzen 3 4300G (Renoir) APU from mid-2020. The quad-core Zen 2 processor, which used to be an OEM-exclusive SKU, is finally making its way to the retail market. Given its age, the Ryzen 3 4300G is far from competing with the best CPUs; however, it will undoubtedly sell if AMD prices it cheap enough.

The Ryzen 3 4300G is an entry-level 7nm APU that wields a quad-core, eight-thread configuration with Zen 2 cores. The desktop chip has a 3.8 GHz base clock, a 4 GHz boost clock and 4MB of L3 cache. Although, the Ryzen 3 4300G has a configurable TDP (cTDP) ranging between 45W and 65W, and it's perfectly happy with AMD's Wraith Spire stock cooler or even any half-decent alternative.

Although not a gaming powerhouse, the Ryzen 3 4300G has some potential to run some of the latest titles at resolutions between 720p (1280 x 720) and 1080p (1920 x 1080) with modest graphics settings. The onboard Radeon Vega 6 iGPU comes with six CUs at 1.7 GHz. It's the same unit inside the newer Ryzen 3 5300G, only available to AMD's OEM customers. However, the Ryzen 3 5300G utilizes AMD's Zen 3 cores that help boost the chip's performance over the prior Ryzen 3 4300G.

While the AM4 socket is an aging platform, it's still alive. With new chips like the Ryzen 3 5300G out there, the Ryzen 3 4300G has probably lost its competitiveness for OEMs. That could be why AMD is bringing the Zen 2 APU to the retail market almost three years later. Furthermore, Intel is tearing AMD apart in the low-end segment, so having another contestant in the game could help AMD a bit.

In the latest installment of its AMD Heroes World show, AMD Japan stated it will debut the chip on the domestic market on March 10 for 15,800 yen or the equivalent of $115.08. Nonetheless, overseas hardware stores already sell the Ryzen 3 4300G. For example, major German retailer Mindfactory has listed the quad-core APU for 85.89 euros ($90.58) pre-VAT.

The Ryzen 3 4300G can help AMD fill the void in the sub-$100 price range. Before the Ryzen 3 4300G transitioned to the retail market, the chipmaker had no worthy performers with integrated graphics in that price bracket. The Ryzen 3 3200G, which uses even older Zen+ cores, retails for $80. Regarding the competition, Intel has the Core i3-12100F for around $101 but lacks integrated graphics. The Core i3-12100, which does have an iGPU, has a significantly higher price tag ($142).

Zhiye Liu
RAM Reviewer and News Editor

Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • PlaneInTheSky
    If you can't afford a dedicated GPU just buy a console.

    You'll have way more fun with a Nintendo Switch than on a PC with an old integrated GPU that can't run any game.
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  • NaClKnight
    PlaneInTheSky said:
    If you can't afford a dedicated GPU just buy a console.

    You'll have way more fun with a Nintendo Switch than on a PC with an old integrated GPU that can't run any game.

    The only console that i can agree with that on is the Xbox Series S, which has a wide overlap with PC releases for only $300

    But realistically, if you know you want a PC, it's because there's a game you want to play that is only on PC. "Buy a switch" isn't realistic advice. This makes sense if your kids want to play Minecraft or Roblox or Sims or Fall Guys or whatever new indie darling can be played on a potato

    Also AMD APUs are waaay more competent than any intel iGPU, so that's not a fair comparison either

    This 4300G makes sense until you can save up for an RX 6600 or 6600XT or scrounge a used dGPU from a friend or eBay
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  • thisisaname
    Released to retail now the OEMs do not want it?
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  • rluker5
    If you really wanted to play that game, just get one of those old i7 has well PCs and put in a cheap GPU.
    A 4c8t Zen2 is pretty much Haswell in gaming performance and those things are much cheaper.

    Wait, just realized this is the mobile Zen2 with a fraction of the L2 cache. It is no longer Haswell class in performance.

    But it is a CPU. I'll give it that much.
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  • SSGBryan
    This may come as a great shock, but CPUs are used for more than gaming.

    This would be a really nice CPU for a home server.
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  • rluker5
    So would a $40 Haswell i7 4770.
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  • USAFRet
    PlaneInTheSky said:
    If you can't afford a dedicated GPU just buy a console.

    You'll have way more fun with a Nintendo Switch than on a PC with an old integrated GPU that can't run any game.
    Not everyone is a gamer.
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  • domih
    USAFRet said:
    Not everyone is a gamer.

    Exactly, going with a g series enables you to use the PCIe slot Gen 3 for non-GPU cards(*). But the 4000 series only offers 8-lanes IIRC.

    If you want 16 lanes, go with a 5000 series and you can use two x8 lanes cards provided the mobo offers the 2 x8 bifurcation and you use a mechanical x16 -> 2 x8 riser cable/board. Certain mobos might also offer 4 x4.

    (*) RAID, Network, Data Acquisition, etc.
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  • ohio_buckeye
    Unless you are on a tight tight budget a 5600g or 5700g would be better than a 4300g I think.
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  • healthy Pro-teen
    rluker5 said:
    If you really wanted to play that game, just get one of those old i7 has well PCs and put in a cheap GPU.
    A 4c8t Zen2 is pretty much Haswell in gaming performance and those things are much cheaper.

    Wait, just realized this is the mobile Zen2 with a fraction of the L2 cache. It is no longer Haswell class in performance.

    But it is a CPU. I'll give it that much.
    With respect, I genuinely can't figure out why you keep saying Zen 2 is worse than Haswell, while its the complete opposite as shown in the LTT's video. And I don't know about the 4300G, 5600G maintains a sizeable chunk of the 5600X's performance with a large amount of cache cut down. Its also way more efficient than the 4700K. For now pricing is not what I would like, but saying that Zen2 is equal Haswell is a bit of stretch.
    lLL_mxFg_JcView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLL_mxFg_Jc
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