Intel Pentium G3258 Dual Core Processor Gaming Performance

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Battlefield 4


Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011’s Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4’s single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have beem running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China’s current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States.



This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the Ultra graphics quality preset as most discrete desktop graphics cards can easily play with this IQ setting at 1080P and we still want to be able to push the higher-end cards down the road. We used FRAPS to benchmark each card with these settings on the Shanghai level.

Intel Pentium G3258 BAttlefield 4 Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: In Battlefield 4 the $60 dual core Pentium G3258 was able to hit an average higher than the Intel Core i7-4770K when the G3258 was overclocked to 4.8GHz. While there isn’t much of a difference, it’s a clear sign here that frequency plays a bigger part in the Battlefield 4 performance than the number of CPU Cores. At 1920×1080 the overclocked Intel G3258 was averaging 59.14 frames per second at 1920×1080 and 85.55 frames per second at 1280×1024, the Intel Core i7-4770K averaged 58.67 frames per second at 1920×1080 and 85.15 frames per second at 1280×1024. It’s not significant differences, and could be variances in the runs since this is a FRAPS benchmarked game, but it seems a little to consistent that the faster frequency chips are just slightly ahead.

Battlefield 4 Medium Image Quality Settings


Battlefield 4 Medium IQ Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: The Intel Pentium G3258 was a bit of a bottle neck in Battlefield 4, still plenty playable with an average of 105.58 frames per second. The Intel Core i7-4770K was able to average 135.36 frames per second at 1920×1080 which is ~30FPS faster than the stock G3258, overclocking the G3258 to 4.8GHz closed the gap to only 3.1 frames per second with an average of 132.21 frames per second.

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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! 🙂