( 4.7 Average / 167 Ratings )
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)
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.
Excellent overclocking capability, cheap and runs super cool even under a heavy load with an overclock. Good stepping stone for something better down the road.
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.
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.
4.2 ghz OC.. could prob get more out of it, but got no idea on overclocking. Im much noob lol
EDIT 4/23/15 learned how to properly overclock my cpu and got it to 4.6 ghz with max temps of 65c.. could possibly get more out of it but i dont think i will press my luck.
The Intel Pentium G3258, yes it's a dual core but not just any dual core but it was designed for overclocking, it's able to keep up with quad cores in games. No it doesn't have the best performance when recording but I don't plan on doing much of it anyways, I've overclocked it to 4.4 GHz and was actually able to get 4.8GHz but wanted to stay within a range that my motherboard deemed safe with my stock cooler.
Amazing CPU for its price! Quicker than core i3s when overclocked. It sure does challenge low-end and mid-range core i5s.
This + MSI Z97 = $100 = Amazing
Amazing little processor for the money! It runs very fast even on the stock 3.2 ghz, and I still have the option to overclock if I ever need that extra horsepower. Overall great CPU for the money!
So far I've been pretty content with this CPU. In my build I haven't needed to overclock (with the addition of my graphics card and lack of an aftermarket cooler making this decision pretty easy for me) but it is a comfort knowing that I can later when I feel more comfortable doing so.