Intel Pentium G4400 Processor Review – Budget Skylake

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Video Encoding


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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  • 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.