Intel Pentium Gold G5600 And G5400 Review: Four Threads Under $100

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alchemy69

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So you free admit in the first sentence that these chips are for people looking to build a sub-$500 system and so in the test rig you pair it with a GTX 1080?
 

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That is to show only CPU performance. You remove the GPU as a potential bottleneck. Benchmark review 101.
 

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I think Intel did well in improving their pentium lineup. However, it would have been nice to see some more "real-world" examples like the pentium paired up with a gt-1030 and the r3-2200g with its built in graphics. Although testing without a GPU bottleneck will show absolute CPU performance differences (which is good), having some data more in context with the actual market segment of the product is also beneficial.
 

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I think the fact that they user a powerful GPU for CPU tests to remove bottlenecks should be in caps, bolded, in its own box. Every CPU review someone brings that up.
 

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Good review thanks. Using a good graphics card is a good way to show the CPU performance but it would have also been good to see all the CPU's also use their built in graphics chips. Which would have shown just how weak Intel's onboard graphics really is when compared to a AMD chip with built in graphics.

For those that want to add a cheap graphics card to a low end Intel CPU system it will work well but if you do not want to do that then AMD's 2200G & 2400G CPU's are the only way to go if you want decent graphics performance on a tight budget.
 

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Here ya go, the Intel model isn't the same, but honestly it doesn't matter. Same UHD Graphics 630.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-3-2200g-raven-ridge-cpu,5472.html

 

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You can get the 2200G from Micro Center for $79, so it's even more off-balance. And that's been their online price for a while now, not just their in-store-only special. In light of that it seems like the G5400 is something you just should not get at all unless you really can't afford the extra $20 (Micro Center has the G5400 for $59) or you hate AMD.
 

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I am well aware of the justification of this method but, imho, it is a nonsense metric. The raw power of the chip can easily be benchmarked with synthetics. Running game benchmarks with a vastly overpowered GPU is merely exchanging one bottleneck for another. What are you really measuring? How much this CPU bottlenecks the GPU in a given game. And who exactly is that information going to be useful to? If I'm reading the review of a new car I don't expect to see a discussion of how fast it could go if it was being towed by a Lambourghini.

 

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I'd have to admit, there is so much missing here. CPUs under $100. Why only 4 threads when you can have 8 cores from AMD for less than $90? Check out amazon, newegg, or any other online retailer and you will see that the FX-8300 8 core is only $84.99 CAD! :O

AMD FX-8300 Eight-Core passmark score of 7,717
Intel Pentium Gold G5600 @ 3.90GHz passmark score of 5,821

Lets keep this in mind, AMD released the FX8300 on 2012-12-29... almost 6 years ago. With a 24.57% increase in performance score, this would be the better route to go.

If you want to use AMD's latest AM4 socket, then the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with a score of 7,355 would be the way to go. Still under $100 CAD. For our American friends, $100 CAD = $76.36 USD. Massive savings, better performance. Intel just isnt the way to go when it comes to building a small inexpensive PC.
 

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@nextwave, that's what I would do. FX series right now is below $100 bucks and you get 8 unlocked cores. Take those puppies up to 4.5 if you want. Sometimes on just air.
 

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@apollo no - the FX really are terrible CPUs. You'd be better off with a 6-core Opteron, actually. Ryzen is where it's at, even if the newer i3 are compelling. These Pentium would be almost as interesting if Intel hadn't nerfed their instruction sets.
 

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would there be any advantage to changing the chip in a Dellasaurus Dell Computer that is running windows 8.1 i have 2 computers 1 is a 420 XPS the other is a 600 something or other who remembers but I worry if this chips fail over time and also would need that paste you apply when installing also replacement fans would like anything that will just plug right in with no modifications Thank You
 
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