While normally I would wrap everything up here on the processor, I feel that we need to examine this processor a bit more. From a synthetic standpoint, the processor doesn't look impressive at all. We could've told you that before we even started benchmarking, due to the dual-core, non-Hyper-Threading nature of the processor. However, that doesn't mean it's a bad processor in anyway.
I think what we really need to do is look at the gaming performance in a bit more detail. The G3258 is going to set you back around $75; which is really very little for a processor. To put it into perspective, the i5 4690K will cost you around $240, while the i7 4790K is going to set you back around $340. With an extra $150 or $250 you can do a lot. This is like moving from a GTX 770 to a GTX 780, or a R9 290 to a R9 290X. Essentially, it lets you move from a mid-range video card to a higher-end one.
With the unlocked nature of the processor, the temptation to go for this particular processor and pick up a higher-end video card is extremely tempting. There's a problem, though. With CPU limitation being an issue, would you just be wasting money by buying a more expensive video card?
Well, this is exactly what we want to explore in the next week. With our ASRock X97X Killer motherboard, we want to pair our G3258 and our i7 4970K with a GTX 780 Ti to find out exactly what performance is like when it comes to gaming. Maybe it will make a difference at 1680 x 1050, but when we move to 1920 x 1200, it's all on the video card.
Our final thoughts on the new Intel Pentium G3258 is that we love it. An unlocked multiplier for a processor well under $100 is a great thing. This is one of the coolest processors we've seen from Intel in a long time. When it comes to testing the raw CPU performance of the processor, it clearly falls behind everything else that sits so much higher.
However, if the G3258 can perform well under a gaming environment, allowing you to spend more money on a video card, then it's going to be the processor to have for gaming on a budget. We're going to have a follow-up article on gaming performance soon - stay tuned.
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