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

ASUS Maximus VII Ranger

Intel Pentium G3258 20th Anniversary Review

Test Motherboard

Whilst we're discussing what great value for money the G3258 Pentium is, it's worth taking a moment to look at the Maximus VII Ranger, which is the motherboard we're testing on today.

Normally we run all of our benchmarks on identical test setups to ensure the most comparable results, but when the CPU is only £50 it seems crazy not to use the cheapest ROG motherboard yet, the £125 Maximus VII Ranger.

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One would imagine that for such a low price, whilst keeping the premium ROG branding, the Ranger is bound to be a bit of a minger, or perhaps ASUS have done a slash and burn job on the features. Not so at all. Everything we loved about the Hero is still here. Great looks, as anyone would expect from the red and black colour scheme. The excellent Intel GameFirst III LAN. It even has the ASUS SupremeFX audio which includes the Sonic Radar, ensuring that you can pinpoint a gunshot no matter what the situation.

With plenty of SATA ports, two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and 13 total USB ports, this really does tick all the boxes despite it's bargain basement price point.

Intel Pentium G3258 20th Anniversary Review

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Most Recent Comments

04-07-2014, 05:30:21

SieB
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, 06:05:54

Dexo
Sad ending for a nice review...Quote

04-07-2014, 06:26:22

Wraith
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, 06:30:11

JR23
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.

JRQuote

04-07-2014, 06:32:17

barnsley
H105 is overkill? Oh dear .

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