The other day, we got a chance to look at the new Intel Pentium G3258 processor, and it really did a good job of impressing us thanks to its low cost and unlocked multiplier that gave us quite the overclocking potential. When it came to testing the CPU in our normal line up of CPU benchmarks, it didn't fare so well. With only two cores and no HyperThreading, the G3258 clearly sits behind its much more expensive counterparts.
What we want to do today is see just what the new budget friendly G3258 processor is capable of in a gaming environment. With a price difference of around $250, the extra money saved can be put towards something else that can increase your overall gaming experience. We're mainly talking about throwing an extra couple of hundred dollars into your video card.
Does the lack of HyperThreading affect the overall performance under games? We know that when it comes to synthetic benchmarks, the new processor doesn't perform nearly as strongly. What happens under a gaming environment, though? That's exactly what we intend to find out. Today, we'll be testing both the G3258 and i7-4790K at stock and overclocked. With some strong overclocking potential on the budget friendly G3258, we're expecting some strong gains in overall performance.
We won't say much else here, and instead we'll just get into the test system setup where we'll talk about how we went with the overclocking side of things before we get straight into the performance. Is it worth saving some money on the processor and throwing it into the video card? Well, let's not drag it on any longer and find out.
PRICING: You can find the Intel G3258 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Intel G3258 retails for $69.99 at Amazon.
Canada: The Intel G3258 retails for CDN$98.71 at Amazon Canada.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Metro Last Light]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Sleeping Dogs & BioShock Infinite]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Hitman Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840x2160 Testing]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]