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Intel Pentium G3240 Haswell Dual-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3240 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics

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The Intel Pentium G3240 processor is based on the new 22nm Haswell Microarchitecture for improved CPU performance. State-of-the-art power management innovations help keep power consumption in check. The virtualization technology enables better productivity and manageability. Advanced Intel integrated graphics enables discrete-level graphics performance. Extract more power from your Haswell core-based processor.

  • newegg Haswell Microarchitecture on 22nm process The new Microarchitecture (code name Haswell) has full integrated voltage regulator (FIVR) for simplified motherboard design. It delivers improved CPU performance and enhanced overclocking over its previous generation Microarchitecture.
  • newegg Intel processor graphics with Dx11.1 & OPenCL 1.2 Haswell core-based processors offer improved integrated graphics. The integrated graphics supports DirectX 11.1 for optimized graphics performance and OpenGL 3.2 & OpenCL 1.2 for enhanced general purpose computing in GPGPU supported applications. It also features digital display repartition, where digital display ports are wired directly to the CPU and analog displays are handled by a Random Access Memory Digital-to-Analog Converter (RAMDAC) located in the Platform Controller Hub (PCH). It supports up to three independent displays: HDMI, DVI, Display Port, VGA (via Lynx Point).
  • newegg Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) With Intel VT, one hardware platform functions as multiple "virtual" platforms. For business, Intel VT offers improved manageability, limiting downtime and maintaining worker productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions. In the home, Intel VT allows creating unique user environments for multiple family members using the same platform simultaneously.
  • newegg Haswell power management innovation Haswell core-based processors offer advanced power management. It has 20x + improvement from prior generation and is automatic, continuous, fine-grained, transparent to well written SW.

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5/ 5
Great value CPU 6/25/2016 8:43:15 PM

Pros: Good cpu for price

Cons: None so far

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5/ 5
Excellent processor. 11/18/2015 11:50:30 AM

Pros: 1. Runs very cool. Hovers around 38-40C when web browsing, at the desktop, and under light gaming loads, and never goes above 60C during long gaming sessions or editing HD video. I never even hear the CPU fan kick up.

2. Decently powerful. Since I heard that the Pentium series was pretty low-end, I was having doubts. To my surprise, this thing flies. It's a dual-core, so extreme multitasking might slow it down, but even so, it handles games pretty, and loads programs incredibly fast. Office, Sony Vegas, Visual Studio, GMS, all run very fast. For those doubting the Pentium series, I personally think it's an awesome sweet-spot for if you want to do SOME gaming (not super intense stuff) and have a fast system, but don't want to shell out hundreds of bucks for one of Intel's Core series chips.

I measured (roughly) how it performs in games, see "Other Thoughts."

Cons: 1. Seems like this chip limits RAM clock speed to 1333MHz, which is a shame, because I have two 1600 sticks.

Overall Review: Game performance, paired with a Nvidia GT 720 and 8GB DDR3. A pretty entry level system.

Skyrim: 25-60fps
-1280x720p
-No AA, 8x AF
-View distance turned up about 80% of the way, except for grass
-Full reflections
-Medium quality shadows
-'Low' Radial Blur
-Medium Decal Quantity

Framerates drop below 30 (22 at the lowest) when I'm in areas that are loaded with trees and grass, but otherwise it always stays above 30, and shoots up to 60 with indoor areas.


Fallout 3: 30-40fps
-1600x900
-2x AA, 8x AF
-No shadows
-Maximum view distance, except for "Items"
-Full scene reflections


The Sims 4: 40-60fps
-1920x1080
-2x AA
-All settings on High except for Visual Effects and Lighting
-Turn the resolution down to 720p and you can easily max out everything except for Edge Smoothing.

Minecraft: 30-60fps.
-Max settings, 12 Chunk render distance.
-64x texture pack.

So, with the specs I mentioned in mind, this is the performance you can expect from this chip coupled with an entry-level graphics card.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Pentium G3240 2/15/2015 10:07:00 AM

Pros: Quick for a value model dual core! I use it for a media center PC, so it isn't tasked with running video and photo processing or other very CPU intensive programs. It works perfectly fine for high quality HD video (paired with a Geforce GT 730, so I can't comment on the integrated Intel graphics) and even moderate gaming. It runs so cool that the boxed cheapo Intel heatsink can handle it no problem while remaining quiet!

Cons: Not a great processor for very CPU intensive tasks requiring multi-core processing (like video and photo editing, as mentioned earlier). Performance is acceptable, but you may want to consider at least a Core i3 for this kind of work. Also, it only supports up to 1333MHz DDR3, so if faster memory is installed, it will be clocked down (at least with cheaper motherboards).

Overall Review: Better than a Celeron!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good quality for a good price 12/22/2014 10:43:01 AM

Pros: Fast, inexpensive, Haswell, good GPU on board

Cons: None

Overall Review: For a speedy home/office machine, this is a good choice. Paired with ASUS H81M-K and AData DDR3 1600. No issues with setup or installation, and machine crushes Win7.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4/ 5
GREAT VALUE 9/19/2014 9:00:48 AM

Pros: Can't complain, at 60$ish, great performance, silent and run cool

Cons: none really, extremly good value

Overall Review: Running it in a HTPC with a mushkin enhanced SSD drive. Amazing the speed and quality you get for so cheap!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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Nice, cheap Intel cpu. 9/12/2014 12:39:58 PM

Pros: Cheap
3.1ghz
Haswell architecture
Comes with HSF ;-)

Cons: None really

Overall Review: Bought this for a basic build for my 7 year old nephew who wants to play Minecraft.
The cpu, is cheap, dual core and speedy enough to be paired with 7850 for some 1080p Minecraft and Youtube browsing.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4/ 5
Cheap and cheerful 7/24/2014 8:25:08 PM

Pros: Cheap, efficient

Cons: Maybe not the gruntiest chip

Overall Review: I bought this for my first ever build. In fact, it's the first Intel chip I've ever bought (if you excuse StrongARM processors). I'm very pleased with it. Installation was easy, it's quiet and much faster than the 8yr old Sempron it replaces. I also have a good upgrade path, which didn't seem to be the case with AMD. I'm very happy with it.

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5/ 5
Good Budget CPU 7/2/2014 2:58:47 PM

Pros: Runs cool around 35c with stock cooling.Can run games such as Minecraft and Planetside 2 and other CPU intensive games.

Cons: Dual-core

Overall Review: Great for low budget gaming PCs

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