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The Pentium G3258 Cheap Overclocking Experiment
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The finishing order in 3DMark doesn’t change much from our original look at the Pentium against AMD’s Athlon X4 750K. However, both overclocked CPUs do score lower. That’s understandable in the Pentium’s case, since it’s actually running at a lower clock rate. But the tuned Athlon loses about 500 points.

Similarly, the Athlon and Pentium lose a few points in PCMark’s Creative suite. Those small drops aren’t enough to affect the finishing order compared to our earlier evaluation of the Pentium, and they’re not factored into our upcoming value analysis, either. In the end, stepping down to a less expensive motherboard and factory cooling doesn’t change much when it comes to performance analysis.

The Fritz chess benchmark puts a pointed emphasis on threading, specifically reflecting the integer performance of these CPUs. As a result, Intel’s Haswell-based Core i5-4690K dominates. It’s followed by AMD’s overclocked Athlon X4 750K, which puts a quartet of integer units to good use. The Core i3 places third. Although it only wields two cores, Hyper-Threading helps keep them fully utilized—so much so, in fact, that a dual-core Pentium G3258 overclocked to 4.4 GHz can’t quite keep up.

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    Someone Somewhere , July 29, 2014 2:30 AM
    First page (in bold heading):
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    Wait, Did You Say B81?

    You mean either H81 or B85, I'm guessing.
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    Nuckles_56 , July 29, 2014 2:41 AM
    so 2x4GB=16GB RAM and also 2x4GB=32GB RAM

    Maths fail?
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    blackmagnum , July 29, 2014 4:02 AM
    Spoiler: Old girl Athlon gets whipped by jock strap Pentium.
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    edlivian , July 29, 2014 4:22 AM
    athlon whimpers into the corner, and pentium flexes its skinny little arms
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    LucoTF , July 29, 2014 4:23 AM
    Quote:
    First page (in bold heading):
    Quote:
    Wait, Did You Say B81?

    You mean either H81 or B85, I'm guessing.


    LOL

    they were offered both and settled on the H81
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    tomfreak , July 29, 2014 6:30 AM
    U guys should throw in Core 2 quad 9550/9650 and bench together or even the Nehelem quad core to compare.
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    cangelini , July 29, 2014 7:03 AM
    @ Nuckles_56: the modules we used came from one standardized kit. Because the H81 and A78 platforms only offer two slots, we pulled two modules from the kit. The other boards gave us four slots, so we used four modules from the same kit. On an X79- based board, you'd see all eight in play.
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    Traciatim , July 29, 2014 7:29 AM
    @TomFreak, Tom's have already done an old vs new article that tested the core2duo and Quad vs newer i3's an i5's. No reason to redo the tests since you can pretty much extrapolate about where your performance would sit if you look over both articles. Bottom line is it's probably not worth going from a Core2Quad that overclocks pretty reliably to an i3 or Pentium, but in most cases the i3 and newest unclocked Pentium would perform slightly better and use less power.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-wolfdale-yorkfield-comparison,3487-9.html
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    bdiddytampa , July 29, 2014 8:21 AM
    If you are in the US and are close to a Microcenter, they offer a G3258 and MSI Z97 board bundle for $99. Killer deal for a cheap starter system.
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    envy14tpe , July 29, 2014 8:33 AM
    Just to be clear. the Pentium is on a H81 with stock intel fan, right? I'd really like to see what each CPU has...mobo and cooler for this testing..it just isn't clear.
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    TechyInAZ , July 29, 2014 8:35 AM
    Very interesting article, the Pentium G3258 defiantly does show it's value in gaming and other areas on a budget.
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    LucoTF , July 29, 2014 8:36 AM
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    Just to be clear. the Pentium is on a H81 with stock intel fan, right? I'd really like to see what each CPU has...mobo and cooler for this testing..it just isn't clear.


    "The Pentium, also topped with a bundled cooler and factory grease, ran exceedingly warm, too."
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    mrmotion , July 29, 2014 9:22 AM
    So when are you going to put the little guy on nitrogen and see what it will really do?
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    elbert , July 29, 2014 9:24 AM
    This is all well and good but with DX12 and Mantle. Will these dual core wins be disappointing? Once Intel tunes mantle will the i3 blow away the Pentium?
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    mamasan2000 , July 29, 2014 9:25 AM
    Stutter stutter stutter!

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2014-pentium-g3258-review

    Who cares how many FPS its pushing if its a stuttering mess.
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    bhauck , July 29, 2014 10:16 AM
    Is there a reason the 760K is never included in these types of articles?
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    James Mason , July 29, 2014 10:51 AM
    While I can understand that using a high GPU and SSD and tons of RAM makes it so we're only seeing the CPU's impact, I feel that such a high system with a low end chip doesn't make sense, or that it somehow doesnt show the real results
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    bhauck , July 29, 2014 10:55 AM
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    While I can understand that using a high GPU and SSD and tons of RAM makes it so we're only seeing the CPU's impact, I feel that such a high system with a low end chip doesn't make sense, or that it somehow doesnt show the real results


    Well have I got the article for you then!
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    LucoTF , July 29, 2014 11:02 AM
    Quote:
    Is there a reason the 760K is never included in these types of articles?


    because it OCs just the same as a 750k?
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