Intel Pentium G3258 20th Anniversary Review with Asus ROG Z97 Ranger

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Intel Pentium G3258 20th Anniversary Review


Whenever you're looking at a new processor there are always, and we're no exception, a ton of benchmarks around telling you what kind of performance you can expect if you're planning to produce a home-rendered Pixar rival, or perhaps decode the Human Genome.

Those things are all good indicators of performance, and when it comes to processors, within reason, performance is king. It's everything. It's the reason we're not all still running a Pentium II. Let's be realistic though, for 99% of us our computing requirements start and stop with enough performance to check Twitter and keep our gaming desire sated.

The use of the Pentium as an example above helps segue into today's review. Yes it's the Pentium G3258, aka the Pentium K, aka the Pentium 20th Anniversary. Given that the orange-loving member of OC3D cut his teeth on a 386 and remembers when the Pentium was the newest chip that everyone wanted, it's fair to say that this has made us feel rather old.

But rather than go with an Anniversary edition with a suitably bumped price tag, Intel have gone the other direction and released a CPU at a stunning £50 price point. So what are you getting for a bullseye?

Technical Specification

Undoubtedly this is a simple processor for a small price. Dual core 3.2GHz goodness reminds us of one of the most legendary CPUs ever, the E8400, and if it gets anywhere near the joy of owning one of those then it's guaranteed to sell out faster than a Monty Python reunion tour. A microscopic 53W TDP means it's not only frugal when it comes to initial costs but in use too. So is it any good?

Launch DateQ2'14
Processor NumberG3258
# of Cores2
# of Threads2
Clock Speed3.2 GHz
Cache3 MB
DMI25 GT/s
# of QPI Links0
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP53 W


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Most Recent Comments

04-07-2014, 09:30:21

Definitely a no brainer for people building a budget build, you could get a low end matx mobo and a G3258 for ~£130 and still have great performance.Quote

04-07-2014, 10:05:54

Sad ending for a nice review...Quote

04-07-2014, 10:26:22

I can't help but think how much further this little Intel fighter would have got had it been Hyperthreaded.. but even so with those temps at 4.5Ghz it's got legs, all in all though a top little chip for nice budget surfers. Nice review Guv.Quote

04-07-2014, 10:30:11

Ahh nice review Tom, the whole concept of the little Pentium K makes me happy and if I had any Z87/97 kit I would get one just for some overclocking fun. I thave an urge to pair one with a 750Ti and some overkill cooling and absolutely rape it, better finish αclass first.


04-07-2014, 10:32:17

H105 is overkill? Oh dear .

Good review Tom! still very excited to get my hands on mine.Quote

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