Intel Pentium G4400 Processor Review – Budget Skylake

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

The Intel Pentium line has a long history, starting with being the best processor available, to now being considered a budget minded processor.  Today, many people immediately rush to say you have to an Intel i5 or i7 processor for gaming and home needs; that simply isn’t true.  It’s all a matter of what you want to do, the performance you need versus the cost.

Intel Pentium G4400 Box

Intel Pentium G4400 Retail Box

Today, we have taken a look at two of Intel’s latest processors, that are geared towards different audiences.  The Pentium G4400 is targeted at the average home user, while the i5-6600K is targeted at enthusiasts.    Many of the performance benchmarks we ran today are designed more towards doing heavy calculations, which will of course lean towards the higher end processors such as the i5-6600K.  The average home user will most likely not perform these types of tasks on a regular basis; however the Pentium G4400 is capable of doing them when needed.

Intel Pentium G4400 CPU

Intel Pentium G4400 SR2DC CPU

Over the past month I have used the Pentium G4400 for my main system, and was surprised at it’s performance for standard tasks such as web browsing, emails, video and other lightweight tasks.  With the EVGA 970GTX, I was able to play games whenever I felt the need, without a huge loss in performance.  The only time I felt the need for more power was encoding video, which to be honest I haven’t done for personal use in a long time.

When looking at the performance numbers, you need to take into account the price difference of the Intel Pentium G4400, which can be purchased for $64.99 with free shipping, versus purchasing a higher end processor such as the Intel i3-6100 for twice the price or going even higher with the i5-6600k for nearly four times the price.  Obviously, if you are doing video encoding, the i5 series is the best choice.  For the average home user that casually plays video games, purchasing the Pentium G4400 allows you to save some money and put it towards other components such as a better graphics card.

One additional thing about the Intel Pentium G4400, overclocking is not supported by Intel as it is a non-K processor.  However, you might be lucky enough to overclock it if your motherboard BIOS supports it.  The downside is that some of the necessary features of the processor could be disabled, in the case of the EVGA Z170 FTW, the thermal sensor, power management, and a few other non-essential items were disabled.  In our testing, overclocking the processor we saw a small performance boost, but only Dirt: Rally showed a significant performance boost.

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Legit Bottom Line:  If you are on a tight budget, the Intel Pentium G4400 will do the job of a more expensive processor, just at a slower pace.  Depending on what you plan to do, the Intel Pentium G4400 might work for you.   If you want a good budget gaming system, the Pentium G4400 will work perfectly fine for you.  Sure there is a slight loss in performance, but that difference is pretty minimal for the big difference in price.  The next time I’m asked about building a low budget system that is capable of playing games, I would have no issues recommending the Pentium G4400.

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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 ?

  • GUSTAVO HIGUERA

    THE TESTS OF THE I5-6600K ALSO INCLUDES THE GTX970 OR IT’S ONLY CPU ONLY?

  • GUSTAVO HIGUERA

    LAS PRUEBAS DEL I5-6600K TAMBIEN INCLUIA LA GTX970 O SOLO ES CPU SOLO?

  • 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: http://budgetgamingrigs.com/500-dollar-gaming-pc-budget-build-component-guide/

  • 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.