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Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor

( 4.8 Average / 98 Ratings )

Specifications

Manufacturer

Intel

Model

Pentium G3258

Part #

BX80646G3258

Data Width

64-bit

Socket

LGA1150

Speed

3.2GHz

Cores

2

L1 Cache

2 x 32KB Instruction
2 x 32KB Data

L2 Cache

2 x 256KB

L3 Cache

1 x 3MB

Lithography

22 nm

Thermal Design Power

53 Watts

Includes CPU Cooler

Yes

Hyper-Threading

No

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD Graphics

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Reviews

from completed build Console competetor

For the money, a fantastic processor for gaming and a great overclocker.

from completed build Guest Gamer

Best $62 processor I've ever been close to. I have OCed it to 3.8 on the stock cooler now. I had to flash the Asrock BiOS, pain in the neck. (see Motherboard review)

from completed build Gaming PC Junk Build Under $500

Let me first say i would have not bought this chip as a build because of its processing power. The reviews i found online intrigued me. i was considering the G3258 when i noticed that Microcenter had a combo set for under $100 i was sold. I didn't have high expectations for this little pentium dual core chip. i was pleasantly surprised after i got the system up and running. my system without a GPU card was doing well. i was even able to play a few games. so i overclocked this little chip. my msi z97 pc mate made it real easy to overclock it to at least 4.3GHz just by clicking their oc genie button. when i installed the R9 270 i was able to beat my boyfriends system in game play. where i started to see some drawbacks were in multi threaded tasks. for example when i was listening to music, playing a game, and looking up something on the internet. i didn't see much in distortion in the web browsing but my music was hindered by the lack of processing cores. i expected this. with the MB, RAM, GPU, and Hard drives i plan on upgrading my processor to the i7 4790k but i will still keep my G3258 to tinker with. in conclusion its a great entry level chip and can be a great deal for a base gaming system that you plan on expanding later. and if you have never overclocked a CPU why not overclock a $50 chip and save your money for a $300 CPU to overclock when you know what you’re doing.

This CPU is very suitable for what I do on this computer. I over clocked it, but did not really notice a difference in performance. It has plenty of power and speed to operate a general home computer, for internet browsing, using MS Office, web development tools, etc.

I bought this for $50 at microcenter...It is really just a place holder until I can afford something more substantial. But to tell you the truth I have been very happy with it. I have overclocked the cpu to 4.2Ghz on my z97 board with ease. Runs very stable at OC and stays very cool. It is clearly no i5 or 7, but for $50 you cant beat it...

I intend to sell the pentium when I can afford the i7, but since I bought the pentium so cheap I could probably get back close to all of my money and still enjoy my new set up.

Love it.

from completed build Pandora

Unbeatable performance for the price. Insane overclocking headroom. Great per thread performer.

Performs solid, a dual core is all I needed. I might overclock later on.

from completed build Overclocked Core V1

I've given it 5 stars even though I am convinced newer ones don't overclock as well as the new ones given to reviewers and early adopters. Single-thread performance is among the best, but more applications are becoming multi-threaded, dx12 and spartan browser will better take advantage of multiple cores.

Also regarding the igpu, for a non-gamer it does the job, and for video scaling intel's dxva algorithm is the best, but newer drivers don't have 4k h264 decode which I am disappointed about.

There has been dual core bottleneck especially with a lot of applications and chrome tabs open, but nonetheless for the money it's not going to set the world on fire.