Intel Pentium G4400 Processor Review – Budget Skylake

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Video Encoding

Handbrake

Handbrake is a popular open-source video transcoder that is available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.  It has the ability to transcode video from various video formats into the popular h.264 format, it takes advantage of more powerful processors as it is a highly multi-threaded.

Intel Pentium G4400 Handbrake

Intel Pentium G4400 Handbrake Big Buck Bunny 1080P

Benchmark Results:  Without using the GPU for video encoding, the Intel G4400 receives about half the FPS as the i5-6600K.  While this makes the i5-6600K a better choice for Handbrake encoding, it does make sense.  Handbrake is capable of using the quad core capabilities of the i5-6600K, while the Pentium G4400 is only dual core.  Keeping that in mind throughout testing is an important consideration, along with the price difference in the two processors.

Cinebench R15
Maxon Cinebench R15 is a great benchmark for 3D content creators as it is based on the award winning animation software, CINEMA 4D which is used in many blockbuster movies.

Intel Pentium G4400 CineBench R15

Intel Pentium G4400 CineBench R15

Benchmark Results:  CineBench shows the difference between a dual core and quad core processor in it’s CPU test.  However, even looking at the single core performance test, the i5-6600K performs better.  OpenGL is heavily GPU dependent, so running OpenGL on the integrated GPU provided extremely low scores, adding in a discreet video card such as the EVGA GTX 970, it is capable of taking advantage of that processing power, and the score comes much closer to the i5-6600K than without it.

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