Intel Pentium G4560 Review: A Great Budget Gaming Cpu


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Intel"s Kaby Lake hasn"t changed the CPU market in any meaningful way, with slightly increased clockspeeds và a few new features that don"t really matter for most users. From the halo i7-7700K (opens in new tab) lớn the "budget overclocker" i3-7350K (opens in new tab), most users will greet the new chips with an indifferent shrug. It"s not that the chips are bad, but they"re such a small nâng cấp over the previous generation that it makes very little difference to most of us. But then hãng intel did something quite unusual, enabling Hyper-Threading for the first time on the bộ vi xử lý core series of Pentium processors.

We haven"t seen a Hyper-Threaded Pentium since the venerable Pentium 4 and Pentium D back in the mid-"00s. Much has changed in the last ten years, but the extreme budget pricing on the Pentium G4560—it retails for $65 (opens in new tab), including an hãng sản xuất intel heatsink và fan—makes this potentially the most interesting budget CPU hãng sản xuất intel has released in years. But don"t get too excited, because while it"s about half the price of the core i3-7100 (opens in new tab), there are a few key differences. Of course it"s clocked lower, 3.5GHz compared to lớn 3.9GHz, và it has HD Graphics 610 instead of 630 (about half the potential graphics performance), but it has the same 3MB L3 cache. None of those are too big a deal, but there"s one major difference: the Pentium G4560 doesn"t tư vấn AVX instructions.


That might not seem lượt thích a huge deal, & depending on the applications you"re running, it isn"t. But when you combine the dual-core nature and a moderate clock speed, hãng sản xuất intel had to lớn axe something to lớn justify the price. Otherwise, there would be almost no reason lớn spend $120 or more on the vi xử lý core i3 line. But I"m far more interesting in the gaming potential of the G4560. Most games don"t really need four physical CPU cores, particularly if you"re using a moderate discrete GPU. So how does this budget chip fare?

If intel had gone all-in & made this a sequel to the Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition—meaning, give it an unlocked multiplier—we"d really be in for a treat. As it stands, the chip clearly struggles at times with heavier workloads, so forget about đoạn clip editing or live streaming your gaming sessions. There are also clear limits lớn how far you should go up the graphics card ladder when using a chip lượt thích this. But if you"re trying lớn keep costs as low as possible while still building a gaming PC, this might be just the sort of processor you"re looking for.

I"ve included all of the major CPUs for the above charts, with both Skylake và Kaby Lake parts along with AMD"s FX-8370 & A10-7890K. I"m still waiting for Ryzen as well, though it doesn"t sound like AMD plans on releasing anything in the $65 range anytime soon. Which is fine, because AMD already has the Athlon X4 860K (opens in new tab), a GPU-less version of the A10-7890K at half the price, with the ability to overclock to lớn the same 4.3GHz level. So when you look at the charts, you can sub in the 860K in place of the 7890K.

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Once you vì that, the budget battle gets pretty interesting. In overall CPU performance, AMD wins by about 10 percent, và in individual tests the gap is even larger. There are also a few instances where the lack of AVX tư vấn proves damning, lượt thích y-cruncher where the i3-7350K is three times faster. It would only be about trăng tròn percent faster if it weren"t for the heavy use of AVX instructions. But for single-threaded performance, even the lowly G4560 holds nearly a 25 percent lead over AMD"s various Bulldozer-derived parts. Games tend to track much more closely with single-threaded performance, even when they benefit from multiple cores, which is why I really wanted khổng lồ see what the G4560 could bởi vì in games.

Gaming on the Pentium G4560

You can see the same Kaby Lake testbed I"ve used elsewhere in the above boxout, which is complete overkill for the G4560. I use a standardized mix of hardware khổng lồ avoid influencing performance with other factors, like DDR4 memory speeds, graphics card, or SSD performance. No one should be looking to lớn pair a $600 graphics card with a $65 CPU, but I did exactly that for the gaming benchmarks. More on this in a moment; first, let"s look at how one of Intel"s least expensive CPUs does with Nvidia"s top gaming GPU.

I mentioned how games often track more closely with single-threaded CPU performance than heavily-threaded tests, and that"s precisely what we see in the gaming charts. Overall, even with two physical cores và two virtual cores compared to lớn the FX-8370"s eight physical cores, the two CPUs deliver very similar gaming performance. That"s not to lớn say the FX-8370 is slower, but half of the cores are typically sitting idle while gaming. Even Ashes of the Singularity, a trò chơi known for beating up CPUs, has the G4560 basically tied with the FX-8370.

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There are really only three games that favor (by more than five percent) AMD"s FX-8370. Hitman is the obvious one, scaling extremely well with the extra CPU cores và delivering 42 percent higher performance. But it"s really the only clear win. Battlefield 1 gives the FX-8370 a seven percent lead, & Shadow Warrior 2 has a nine percent lead, but everything else is either a negligible difference of less than four percent, or an outright with for the G4560. Fallout 4 is the best showing for the G4560, beating the FX-8370 by nearly 20 percent. The Witcher 3, which is effectively CPU limited with all the hãng intel chips at our maximum unique test settings (including HairWorks and HBAO+), still gives the G4560 an 11 percent lead. And Rise of the Tomb Raider shows an eight percent lead.

If the comparison is between something lượt thích the i5-7600K and the G4560, the gap is far greater. Only two games—The Division and The Witcher 3—don"t show much of a difference. Everything else shows double-digit percentage increases with the chip core i5 part, with an average improvement in gaming performance of 30 percent. Of course that"s at nearly four times the price, but there"s still a clear difference.

This is all looking past the elephant in the room, however, which I"ve already mentioned above. No one (sane, which I"m not) is going to lớn use a GTX 1080 with the likes of the G4560. If you"re trying lớn build a sub-$500 budget gaming system, which is the sort of PC where the G4560 makes sense, you"re likely going to lớn stick with a GTX 1060 or slower graphics card. With a slower GPU, the gap between the CPUs shrinks, và since I have numbers from the GTX 1060 fe using my normal graphics card testbed (i7-5930K at 4.2GHz), I thought a quick secondary comparison was in order:

Using a mainstream GPU lượt thích the 1060 FE, suddenly the importance of the CPU is greatly diminished. Civilization VI really leverages the extra CPU cores và clockspeed, with a 52 percent performance lead from the 5930K OC. Lớn a lesser extent, Battlefield 1 (20 percent), Shadow Warrior 2 (12 percent), và Ashes of the Singularity (12 percent) also show an advantage khổng lồ the faster CPU. But performance in the other games is all within about five percent—and this is using the ten games in my current kiểm tra suite that showed the greatest improvement when using a faster CPU.

Think of this for a moment. Using an overclocked $600 CPU against a stock $65 CPU, with a $240 graphics card, the average performance improvement in ten games is only ten percent. Và you can definitely play games on the Pentium G4560.

The new king of ultra-budget gaming

Budget computer parts are often difficult to recommend. It"s not that they"re terrible, but the Pentium G4560 is slower than any core i5 or i7 processor released in the past six years. If you have a PC with such a CPU, you wouldn"t want khổng lồ downgrade by moving to the G4560. But if you"re trying lớn get into the PC gaming scene và you don"t have a lot of money, that"s a different matter.

The Pentium G4560 still uses Intel"s latest architecture, which means low power nguồn requirements & modern motherboards. You could stick the G4560 in a $65 H110 motherboard, add in 8GB RAM, a hard drive, case, & power supply, and all you need is a graphics card to create a decent gaming PC. Everything except the graphics thẻ can be had for about $250-$300 (depending on your choice of case & PSU), và then địa chỉ cửa hàng a moderate GPU like the RX 470 or GTX 1060 and you"re in business.

Not surprisingly, hãng sản xuất intel doesn"t do much in the way of kinh doanh the Pentium G4560—or any of its Pentium and Celeron chips. Chip core i7 is undeniably faster, & it also makes hãng sản xuất intel significantly more money. All of Intel"s kinh doanh muscle goes into promoting their halo products, but the budget chips still warrant a look for frugal gamers. For non-gaming workloads, you can make a reasonable argument that AMD"s budget parts are a better choice. But until Ryzen comes out (and perhaps not even then), the best budget gaming processor is now the Pentium G4560.

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