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Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price/performance = unbeatable. Got mine for $56 at an online auction. Running at 3.6 with Xigmatek Gaia - never hits 50c. Idles @ 19c on silent mode. & about 40c at load. I also have a i5 4690K running @ 3.7. I can't tell a real world gameplay performance difference. This scores 7.2 in Win 7 WEI. But that's a relative overall kind of score. This cpu rocks on single-thread performance. It beats AMD FX 6300, i7 860 and i5 760 in most game scenarios due to this. Those CPUs beat the G3258 in "heavy" multi-threaded tasks but - for home, small business, schoolwork, web surfing and most gaming, this CPU beats those - it's 50% faster! I also have an i3 3240 and this is about the same I OC'd the i3 3240 to 3.5 (100 mhz) by bumping the FSB 100 mhz. I can't see any difference in their performance. Possibly if you were in a big raid in WoW, using Ventrilo or Team Speak and you were web surfing at the same time, you "might" see a difference with this compared to a quad core. If you want to build a great machine (seriously great) and inexpensively, you should give this a hard look before you get anything AMD or an expensive Intel quad.

Cons: None - except I bought an i5 when I didn't need it and wasted $200 when I could've built my gaming rig with this CPU and spent $100 more on a better GPU and still saved more than $100 overall. An R9 285 or GTX 960 would rock with this CPU!

Other Thoughts: If you want a great home/office/schoolwork PC you can't go wrong. AMD can't touch this. You likely won't be able to tell the difference between this and a $200-$350 CPU unless you are video editing animating/rendering etc. I bought a used Z97 higher end ATX mobo (Gigabyte Ultra Durable) for $55 and it's great!

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Intel Core i5-4690 Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W BX80646I54690 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Runs cool. No real need to OC - but you can!!! More efficient than Ivy. Better than ANYTHING AMD has. It's in the architecture! Do not fear the Haswell. It is better than Ivy. Also, you have more - and better - motherboard choices.

Cons: It's pricier than it needs to be.

Other Thoughts: Why hasn't AMD leap-frogged since 2009? I loved AMD for their ability to come back and beat Intel - but they haven't done so in 6 years. I miss those days. AMD please get it together - we need you! You CAN do it. If you don't, then Intel becomes the new Microsoft and monopolizes the market.

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Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: For what you get, it's reasonably priced. It's improved over Ivy Bridge a bit. definitely over the top compared to Lynnfield and smacks down anything with the AMD label. It runs cool - at least with a nice after-market cooler. It's Intel. To me, Intel means I'll be able to use this CPU for many years before upgrade. It's way more CPU than I need - even for gaming. My last CPU still works just fine (i7 860) but I wanted SATA III, M.2, USB 3 and PCIE 3. So, I needed a new Mobo and a new CPU. Win7 WEI = 7.7 on my system at stock speed. This CPU is my bottleneck - everything else rates 7.9. All it means, really, is that my other system components are not really holding back my CPU within the currently available tech.

Cons: Doesn't have the same stock speed as the i7-4790K out of the box.

Other Thoughts: I have no buyer's remorse for this CPU at all. I have an i3 as well @ 3.4 Ghz with HT (i3 3240) in an office machine. It would suit my existing needs - even gaming - just as well as this i5. Intel's single-core capability and efficency is superior.

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Michael L.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael L.

Date Joined: 01/03/05

  • Reviews: 35
  • Helpfulness: 13
  • First Review: 01/31/05
  • Last Review: 03/06/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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