Intel Pentium G3258 Dual Core Processor Gaming Performance

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Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition Dual Core Processor

Intel Pentium G3258 Processor
Earlier this week Nate & I were able to get our hands on the Intel Pentium G3258 20th Anniversary Edition Processor to take for a ride. While he was doing this, he focused most of his time on the X86 performance of the 3.2GHz Dual Core processor. He did touch a little bit on the graphics performance of the Intel HD graphics on the G3258 as well as pairing the processor with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 TI for a run through of Metro Last Light. I wanted to take the $72.99 dual core Intel Pentium G3258 processor for a spin and focus on gaming performance with a solid discrete graphics card and see how it would stack up against the same system with an Intel Core i7-4770K processor which retails for considerably more.

Instead of the using the latest and greatest graphics card on the market, I’m going to stick my hand into the stack of cards that are getting a little long in the tooth and may be something that has been upgraded in a primary rig that would be great in a dedicated LAN box or a Steam Box. I pulled out the ASUS Direct CU II GeForce GTX 670 graphics card to use today. It’s not the latest and greatest card out there, but it certainly has plenty of performance to build a great rig with still and is very affordable.

Since we have already covered the Intel Pentium G3258 in detail here, we aren’t going to dwell on it to much today. For a quick refresher though, you can find the specifications for the Intel Pentium G3258 anniversary edition below.

Intel Pentium G3258 Specifications
Processor Number G3258
# of Cores 2
# of Threads 2
Clock Speed 3.2 GHz
Cache 3 MB
DMI2 5 GT/s
# of QPI Links 0
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.1/4.2
Embedded Options Available No
Lithography 22 nm
Scalability 1S Only
Max TDP 53 W
Thermal Solution Specification PCG 2013C
Recommended Customer Price BOX : $72.00
TRAY: $72.00
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1333
# of Memory Channels 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 21.3 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported Yes
Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics Intel® HD Graphics
Graphics Base Frequency 350 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.1 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory 1.7 GB
Intel Quick Sync Video Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology No
# of Displays Supported 3

If the Pentium name holds true, the Pentium G3258 should be a great little processor to play with. Nate was impressed by his retail sample, I was previously impressed by the Pentium G3220 so I have my hopes high for the G3258. Let’s take a quick look at the test system that I will be using on the next page and then we can get into the good stuff, the benchmarks!

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  • Herve Shango

    intel has doe a swift great job of bringing the pentium back to its core potential performance

  • Mr. Potato

    Can this open hd videos by itself i mean without a graphics card

  • https://soundcloud.com/andre-gabriel-coetzee Andre Gabriel Coetzee

    What software did you use to benchmark the games? It looks awesome.

  • Cicero_68

    I don’t see who is going to use this CPU other than “those that want to toy with overclocking”.
    The low cost of the G3258 is nullified by the requirement for a Z87/Z97 mobo and after-market cooler. It makes more sense to use a Core i3 that gives the same performance without overclocking.

    • Alec van Zyl

      I completely agree. It makes sense if you are a OC enthusiast or if you cant shell out any more on your cpu.

    • traciatim

      Except of course if you use the Asus boards that allow for unlocked multiplier on 4 of the budget chipsets. That means as long as you aren’t going for overclocking records you can get the G3258, a budget board, and a beefy video card and have a pretty nice gaming rig.

  • Alien Antler Farm

    Sub £50 in the UK, still a small premium over the US…

    • Alien Antler Farm

      £40, 20% drop already :-)

  • SkidRowJoe

    Could be wrong but isn’t 1.35 volts the upper SAFE limit on Intel processors? How long will the G3420 last running @ 1.499 core voltage 24/7 ?

    • https://soundcloud.com/andre-gabriel-coetzee Andre Gabriel Coetzee

      More power means more heat of course, but I think if it`s cooled properly then it shouldn`t be a problem. I still think it`ll last longer than what you`ll actually need it for. There are so many people with Sandy Bridge i5`s and i7`s still running huge overclocks 24/7 and they still run like a charm.

  • Coach

    It’s only $59.99 today! (7/7/14) at the PA Microcenter location! :)