I really love the G3258. For the price, it's a whole bunch of fun. When it comes to benchmarking, the results are to be expected from the non-HyperThreaded dual-core processor. Looking at the results the other day, you can see that a lot of applications clearly make use of the extra cores that are available when HyperThreading is on the table.
Looking at the results today, you can also see that the extra cores can be used. The question we wanted to answer is, "is it worth spending less on the CPU to buy a better video card?" That's a bit of a yes and no for the most part. If you're going to be buying something as high-end as a GTX 780 Ti, then you are better off making sure that you have a CPU with HyperThreading so you can really make the best use of it.
On the other hand, if you're looking at a lower-end video card to pair with your new i7-4790K or even i5-4690K, then you should maybe go back to the drawing board and think about what you could do with the money. An extra $150 will give you the ability to move from something like an R9 270 to an R9 280X. This is going to bring with it a real boost in gaming performance, and you won't see the same kind of CPU limitations that you see with something so high-end like the GTX 780 Ti.
The G3258 overclocked to around 4.5GHz. Pairing it with something like the R9 280X and a 1920x1080 monitor will make for a really awesome gaming system that will offer strong performance and won't break the bank.
Overall, the G3258 is a really cool and fun processor from Intel. Paired with the right components, you can get yourself a really nice system for a great price. As long as you don't go with a video card that is too high-end, the dual-core bad boy is going to be more than enough.
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]
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