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Difference between newer and older Haswell Pentiums

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June 18, 2014 10:58:52 AM

Hi there!

As a budget gamer who would be satisfied with 40 fps on medium/high, I was thinking of getting either the Pentium G3430 or the G3440, to pair with an AMD R7 260X I already own, but after doing a bit of research I'm unable to figure out the difference between the newer and older Haswell Pentium processors, aside from quick sync or clear video... They look pretty much the same thing for me. Does anyone know if there's any difference between them? I mean, maybe the G3440 is faster, as it's newer. Would they be enough to power the R7 260X?

Unfortunately, the newer Athlons (750K and 760K) aren't available in Brazil, so I'm stuck with either Pentiums or a Core I3/AMD FX 4300, and they cost double the price of the Pentium.

Any help would be much appreciated.


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June 18, 2014 2:48:29 PM

clutchc said:
If available in your area, the new UNLOCKED Pentium G3258 is out in a few days. At least here in the US.

Hi cluthc

I've been reading about the G3258 and think it would be perfect for me, as it would allow me to try a bit of overclocking, however I'm not sure if Intel is going to sell it there in Brazil. Also, Z87 and Z97 motherboards are way too much expensive here (the cheapest one I could find costs about USD 215.00), and if the G3258 would allow overclock only in these platforms, it would be no good for me.

I didn't see benchmarks of the Pentium G3420, but since it is a Haswell processor, may I expect it to perform just like a locked Pentium G3258?
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June 19, 2014 12:15:58 PM

clutchc said:
Ouch! That is expensive. The only way to justify that much for a motherboard, is if you planned on upgrading to an i5/i7 in the near future. TBH, I forgot about the MB/OC limits Intel puts on their boards.

The 2 CPUs you asked to compare are 2 peas in a pod:

Either would be fine with a R7-260X

Yeah, unfortunately tech is kinda expensive here. Currently I'm using a Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz, so a Core i5 would be a huge upgrade, but for my needs I guess that the Pentiums would be more than enough. If they make a good pair with the R7 260X then it's decided.

Thanks a lot for helping me :)