Intel Pentium G4400 Processor Review – Budget Skylake

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Intel Z170 Test System

Intel Pentium G4400 Test Bench

Intel Pentium G4400 Test Bench

Here is a quick look at the individual components used in the test system:

Intel Pentium G4400 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing
Processor Intel Pentium G4400 Click Here
Memory Kingston 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Click Here
CPU Cooler Corsair H105 Click Here
Hard Drive Intel Pro 2500 180GB SSD Click Here
Hard Drive 2 Sandisk Ultra II 480GB SSD Click Here
Power Supply Corsair CX750M Click Here
Video Card eVGA GTX 970 SC Click Here
Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Click Here

As you can see, even though the Intel Pentium G4400 is a low cost processor, we have opted to use better than average components to build the rest of the test system.  If you were to purchase the Intel Pentium G4400, you could reduce the price of the other components by purchasing other models.  Such as the dual SSD, you might opt to go with a lower cost SSD, and a standard hard drive.

Intel Pentium G4400 CPUz

Intel Pentium G4400 CPU-Z

CPU-Z shows the Intel Pentium G4400 is running at 3300MHz on the EVGA Z170 FTW motherboard, which is running the latest BIOS 1.07.  The HyperX Fury 16GB is running at the rated speed of 2666MHz with 15-17-17-35 2T timings.

Testing Process

The above listed components will be installed on an open air test bed. Windows 10 Pro 64-bit will be a fresh install with all the latest patches, drivers and firmware available at the time we begin the testing.  The integrated Intel HD Graphics 510 will be tested along with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 for the gaming performance tests.

In addition to the Intel Pentium G4400 processor, we will also install an Intel i5-6600K onto the test bed for something to compare it to.  Unfortunately, an i3 processor was unavailable to be included in the testing.  The Intel i5-6600K will not be overclocked for this testing, so be more in line with a lower cost i5 processor.

All testing will be done in a temperature controlled room that maintains a 72F (22.2C). A 24-hour burn in is done to allow the thermal paste time to cure before doing any thermal testing.

Where possible, we will use integrated benchmarks, and run them three times averaging the results. In situations where there are no integrated benchmarks, we will use FRAPS to an analyze the performance, doing the same game run three times before averaging the FRAPS results.

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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.