Intel Pentium G3258 Dual Core Processor Gaming Performance

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Legit Reviews Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. It should be noted that we average all of our test runs. There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Legit Reviews Test System
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 Live Pricing
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H Live Pricing
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133MHz Live Pricing
SSD Operating System Kingston HyperX 120Gb Live Pricing
SATA & USB 3.0 Testing Corsair Nuetron 240GB Live Pricing
Power Supply Corsair AX860I 860 Watt Live Pricing
Keyboard Corsair Vengeance K90 Live Pricing
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M95 Live Pricing
Cooling Corsair H100i AIO Water Cooling Live Pricing
Graphic Card ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II Live Pricing

GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BLK

Intel Pentium G3258 System Settings

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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

  • 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 ?

    • 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! 🙂