The Intel Pentium G3258 kind of snuck up on us during Computex 2014, without much being spoken about it previously. With most of the focus being on the Devil's Canyon I7 4790K, seeing a new processor from Intel for under $100 with overclocking in mind was a pleasant surprise. While processors under $100 from Intel aren't anything new, the unlocked nature of the multiplier on its Anniversary Edition processor is.
The Intel Pentium G3258 is a Haswell based Dual Core processor that lacks a lot of the flair that we're used to seeing when it comes to our processor reviews. With a price tag of well under $100, it comes as no surprise that we're not seeing the same kind of features. The two big features that we miss are Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technology; the first being something that we've especially grown fond of since introduction.
Aside from those features, the other main features we don't see include Intel Clear Video HD, vPro, VT-d technologies, AES, and TSX-NI instruction sets. While the latter list of features might not be so familiar, there's no denying that the lack of Hyper-Threading is going to have the largest impact on this 3.2GHz processor. What we do have on the LGA 1150 socketed CPU is Intel HD Graphics, Quick Sync Video, 3MB Smart Cache, Support for Dual Channel DDR3 1333MHz DDR, and compatibility on both the Intel 8 and 9 series chipsets.
Looking above, you can see the one area where the CPU stands out is the Unlocked feature that is offered, which is something normally reserved for the K series of processors. Intel has bought this wonderful feature to its budget friendly Pentium line with this particular processor.
There's really not a whole lot we need to say about the new processor that isn't shown in the above images. What we really want to know is just how the CPU performs against other processors on the market, so let's get into our test system setup, and cover the overclocking before we get into the fun stuff.