Intel Pentium G3220 Processor Review

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Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual Core Processor

The Intel Pentium name has been around for quite a long time, it’s a name that used to be synonymous with the latest and greatest processor. These days though, the latest and greatest Intel processors are part of the Intel Core series. Today the Pentium processors are more on the lower end of the product stack, and cost relatively little by comparison. When it comes to the lower end Intel processors, I’ve had a question in my mind for some time now, and finally decided to satisfy my curiosity. How well will a low end processor run a gaming system these days? To answer this question I went to and ordered the Pentium G3220 for a whole $69.99, it wasn’t until I had the G3220 in my hand that I realized that I could save a couple of bucks by hitting and paying $67.63. Where I ordered the Pentium G3220 from is a moot point, what does matter is that the G3220 is less than 22% of the cost of the Intel Core i7-4770K, the top LGA1150 processor!

Intel Pentium G3220 Dual Core Processor Review

The Intel Pentium G3220 is a pretty basic processor by today’s standards. The G3220 doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of the top tier processors, for under $70.00 you really can’t expect it to have everything under the sun. The Pentium G3220 is a dual core processor that cruises along at 3.0GHz and only fits in the latest Intel LGA 1150 socket. It’s not exactly a rocket ship, but at a minimum it will make your computer go. With a little bit of luck the Pentium G3220 will give us a great end user experience and we will be able to play all the latest games. The main thing we have to keep in mind while looking at the G3220 is that it’s not meant to be the fastest processor out there! It’s meant for those building on a budget.

Before we get to far into the Pentium G3220 performance, let’s take a look at the specifications of the G3220 along side the Intel Core i7-4770K

  Intel Pentium G3220 Intel Core i7-4770K
Number of Cores 2 4
Number of Threads 2 8
Clock Speed 3.0GHz 3.5GHz
Max Turbo Frequency N/A 3.9GHz
Intel Smart Cache 3MB 8MB
DMI2 5 GT/s 5 GT/s
# of QPI Links 0 0
Instruction Set 64-bit 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.1/4.2 SSE4.1/4.2,j AVX 2.0
Lithography 22 nm 22 nm
Max TDP 53W 84W
Thermal Solution Specification PCG 2013C PCG 2013D
Recommended Customer Price Box:$64/Tray: $64 Box: $350/Tray: $339
Maximum Memory 32GB 32GB
Memory Types DDR3 1333 DDR3 1333/1600
Memory Channels 2 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 21.3 GB/s 25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported Yes No
Processor Graphics Intel HD Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Base Frequency 350 MHz 350 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.1GHz 1.25GHz
Intel Quick Sync Yes Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology No Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology No Yes
Intel Insider No Yes
Intel Wireles Display No Yes
Number of Displays Supported 3 3
PCI Express Revision 3.0 3.0
PCE Express Configuraion 1×16, 2×8, 1×8/2×4 1×16, 2×8, 1×8/2×4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes 16 16
Max CPU Configuration 1 1
T Case 72 Degrees Celsius 72.72 Degrees Celsius
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography 22nm 22nm
Sockets Supported FCLGA1150 FCLGA1150
Intel Turbo Boost Technology No 2.0
Intel vPro Technology No No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology No Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) No No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT) Yes Yes
Intel® TSX-NI No No
Intel® 64 Yes Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology No Yes
Idle States Yes Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology Yes Yes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes Yes
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) No N/A
Intel Identity Protection Technology N/A Yes
AES New Instructions No Yes
Trusted Execution Technology No No
Execute Disable Bit Yes Yes

As you can see above, there are a number of differences between the Intel Pentium G3220 and the Core i7-4770K. Though as I mentioned above, for only 22% of the cost of the 4770K we can’t expect all the same bells and whistles between the two pieces of Silicon!

Intel Pentium G3220 Dual Core Processor Review

 The retail packaging for the Intel Pentium G3220 certainly isn’t what I would call exciting, but it serves it’s purpose of protecting the processor and giving us some information about the three year warranty.

Intel Pentium G3220 Dual Core Processor Review

This particular side of the Pentium G3220 packaging gives us a shot of the processor itself. Aside from that there isn’t much interesting to see here.

Intel Pentium G3220 Dual Core Processor Review

Along another edge of the G3220 packaging we can find the batch number, L323B628, Product Code BX80646G3220 as well as the various other SKU numbers.

Intel Pentium G3220 Dual Core Processor Review

Opening up the retail package, the actual Intel Pentium G3220 is packed within a secondary plastic case. This added layer of protection helps keep the chip in place within the retail box and is great for handling and storing the G3220.

Intel Pentium G3220 Dual Core Processor Review

Let’s take a look at the test system and get to benchmarking!

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