Intel Pentium G4400 Processor Review – Budget Skylake

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Temperature and Power Consumption

CPU Temperature

While monitoring the CPU temperature, the testing environment was kept at a constant 72F (22.2C).  Using HardwareMonitor we were able to keep track of the minimum and maximum temperatures the CPU received.

Intel Pentium G4400 Temperatures

Intel Pentium G4400 CPU Temperatures

Benchmark Results:  Not much difference in idle temperature between the two test systems.  Under a heavy load, the G4400 really doesn’t heat up even though it is using the IGP to it’s maximum.  Although the idle temperatures were higher, the Intel stock cooler appears to do a good job with cooling the G4400, even compared to the cooling provided by the H105; which was a surprise.  With the EVGA 970GTX, there is about 5C difference between the i5-6600K and the G4400 test systems.  That’s a nice difference in temperatures for slightly less performance while gaming.  Unfortunately, one of the downsides to overclocking the G4400 is that the thermal sensors are disabled, without using an external monitor we do not have any idea of the temperature.

System Power Consumption

Using a standard P3 Kill-A-Watt meter we monitored the power consumption of the systems during testing.  We made note of the lowest and highest readings throughout all phases of testing.

Intel Pentium G4400 Power Consumption

Intel Pentium G4400 Power Consumption

Benchmark Results:  As you might expect, at idle the Intel Pentium G4400 uses the least amount of power.  Using the IGP, the G4400 power usage increased by a small amount of power for very little performance.  Comparing the two test systems with the EVGA 970GTX, there was a significant difference in power usage between the i5-6600K and the G4400.  In addition to disabling the thermal sensors, EVGA also disables the power management features of the Z170 FTW, it manages it by itself, and we saw a huge jump in power with the G4400 overclocked.

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  • PoorGam3r

    What is the best pentium processor?

    • George

      Pentium G4560 is all-around great choice. Neat i3 level Performance. It supports hyperthreading, and thus yields 4 threads of processing.

  • Hello.

    I’m pretty sure this statement is wrong: “No power management, means you can’t increase the voltage to the processor.”

    I’m currently running a G3900 on a Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 motherboard with BIOS version F4d, and I’ve manually set the CPU’s core voltage at 1,28V. The reason why I set that exact voltage is, because I’m running a second configuration with a Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard and an i7-6700K, and I’ve measured with a digital datalogging multimeter on the dedicated measuring points on that motherboard, that the maximum voltage it supplies for the i7-6700K under full load is 1,28V, so I decided to OC my G3900 to 4200MHz (the speed i7-6700K is running at by default) with that voltage and it’s working like that 24/7 for about 2 weeks now, no BSOD’s or any other problems for now. So I’m not sure what’s the situation with your test motherboard, but you should be able to set your CPU voltage manually through the BIOS and maybe get better OC results with your G4400.

    Good luck :).

  • Silgiolo

    What motherboard (NOT expensive!) and what bios to overclock a G4400 ?





  • This is a good budget processor by Intel and a good contender for a budget gaming rig. However, I’ve used an i3 in my 500 dollar gaming pc build:

  • Amit Chakraborty

    intel 4400 is 64bit?

  • Scott Sting

    Great review and amazing amount of information on the processor. I was a little shocked when I looked up the video card that you used. The price of the video card seems a little excessive for a budget computer build. How well do you think the Pentium 4400 would do with a budget card like a Ti960 or something that costs around $100.00 or so. Would I see better gaming performance with an i3 processor paired with the Ti960 graphics card. I would love to get the card you mentioned but that would cost about 95% of what I wanted to spend on my new budget mini itx system.

    • Ray

      Hey! Since with a GTX970 there’s such a small gap, with a lower end card you will be even more safe. Games are 99% GPU bound, and if you’re looking for the best price/performance ratio the lower you go on the Intel line, the better value you get. Get a Skylake or Haswell Pentium. I’d say even a Celeron will be fine. Just keep your budget on the GPU.

    • Tom Anderson

      For a “gaming” rig, I’ve heard that at least 25% of the budget should be on the GPU, if not more.