Intel Pentium G4400 Processor Review – Budget Skylake

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The Intel Pentium G4400 is a locked processor meaning it can’t be overclocked; at least not normally.  There was a “bug” that was found within the Skylake processor that allowed non-K processors to be overclocked.  If you are lucky enough, there might be a firmware that would allow you to overclock your locked processor.  Of course, Intel has fixed that bug with BIOS updates; so overclocking the G4400 will be determined by the BIOS version on your specific motherboard.  The test motherboard, EVGA Z170FTW supports BCLK overclocking on non-K processors with BIOS 1.07.

EVGA Z170 Intel G4400

EVGA Z170 Intel G4400 BCLK Overclock Warning

EVGA warns you about some limitations when overclocking a Non-K processor.  Several critical components will be disabled such as IGP (we’ll be using a discreet card anyways), CPU Turbo, EIST (SpeedStep), C-State (built-in power modes), CPU Temperature sensor and Power Management.  To achieve the best overclock possible, you really need to have several of these.  The lack of a temperature sensor for example, increases the risk of frying your processor.  No power management, means you can’t increase the voltage to the processor.  With these in mind, let’s increase the BCLK and see what we can get.

Intel Pentium G4400 CPU-Z Overclocked

Intel Pentium G4400 CPU-Z Overclocked

Slowly increasing the BCLK by 5, we were able to successfully boot up to 140.0  At that point, we were unable to boot.  Backing it down to 135, we started increasing it by 1.  The last successful boot was 137.0.  Anything above that, the fans on the Corsair H105 immediately went to full speed and it would fail to boot.

While the processor we will be using to compare with the Intel Pentium G4400 is capable of being overclocked, we are going to focus on the overclocking capability of the G4400, so we can see whether purchasing a low cost processor is capable of being used in a budget gaming system.


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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.