Intel HD Graphics
Includes CPU Cooler
- 2 x 32 kB Instruction
- 2 x 32 kB Data
2 x 256 kB
1 x 3 MB
- 7 points
- 49 months ago
from completed build ITX Desktop Power
The Pentium G3470 cpu has the top performance per dollar of all Intel processors when running typical PC software. Most software does not benefit much from running multiple cores and threads in parallel. The G3470 is cheap, fast, and easy to cool. Its per-thread performance is within 20% of Intel's top cpus costing 5x-10x more.
The $50 price was a brief email sale at Frys.
The Pentium G3470 has two cores of the same Haswell design as Intel's high end Core i7 series. It uses 53 watts at 3.6GHz. The Pentium has less L3 cache than the expensive Haswell chips, which can matter to running some programs with big data. It lacks hyperthreads, but multiple cores and multiple threads are generally useless for most workloads anyhow. The included Intel graphics unit is good enough for non-gamer purposes.
Haswell gets about twice as much done per clock than Bay Trail cores, so G3470's speed is equivalent to about 7GHz for a Bay Trail core, ie 3 times faster than the best 10watt cpus.
The G3470 uses socket 1150, which gives maximum choices for motherboards, cpus, ram, and coolers, with good price competition. And by having a socket, rather than having the cpu soldered directly onto the motherboard (as with Atom and Bay Trail cpus), you actually have all those choices.
The retail version of G3470 comes with an Intel-designed all-aluminum down-blowing cpu cooler E97379 that works reasonably well given its size and weight.
Another fast cheap choice is the unlocked Pentium G3258, when mildly overclocked to 3.6Ghz or so. It comes with Intel's higher-performing cpu cooler E97378 with copper core, that they normally ship only on cpus running 75-100 watts.
A small step up from these, performance wise, is the $140 Core i3-4370 with more cache and hyperthreads.
Intel 's quad-core i7-4790K cpu is 20% faster on single threads but its 88 watts requires more cooling and psu, a bigger case, and $350 just for the cpu itself.