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Front view of Intel Pentium G3258

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium G3258

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 43.06W vs 77.19W Around 45% lower typical power consumption
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 28 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 46.43 $/year vs 83.22 $/year Around 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 12.77 $/year vs 22.89 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.42 GHz vs 4.37 GHz Almost the same
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 4.45 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon X4 860K

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AMD Athlon X4 860K

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G3258 vs Athlon X4 860K

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Pentium G3258
231,200 MB/s
Athlon X4 860K
2,290,000 MB/s

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Pentium G3258  vs
Athlon X4 860K 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes Yes


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3

power consumption

TDP 53W 95W
Annual home energy cost 12.77 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 46.43 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 3.41 pt/W 9.83 pt/W
Typical power consumption 43.06W 77.19W


Pentium G3258  vs
Athlon X4 860K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Manufacture process 22 nm 28 nm


Overclocked clock speed 4.42 GHz 4.37 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 4.45 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.42 GHz 4.37 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 350 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s
Intel Pentium G3258
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PLEASE,REMOVE POINTS OF INTEGRATED GPU!!!! beacuse this poor shit of CPU have so better score. ok,let go see how score have against A10-7850K,this is 860K without GPU. WOOW,look now:
Let's all be fair,most,if not all of us are gamers.Why do we buy these CPU's?Because we support AMD?Intel?No,because we all share 1 common goal,and that is to maybe build a great PC,or do video creation.Whatever it is,it doesn't matter,The X4 860K is better at certain things compared to the G3258,but likewise,the G3258 is better at other things.Let's agree that both are GREAT CPU's for low price/budget builders.If you prefer Intel,then get the Pentium,if you prefer AMD,get the X4 860K.They are both fantastic entry choices.
A lot of people in the comments are ignoring the idea of an upgrade path. If you plan on upgrading your system in the future, go with the Pentium. the 860k is lacking in anything better on the FM2+ socket aside from APU's, which offer little increase on cpu bound performance. Where as the G3258 has the options of the i3-4170, i5-4690K, i7-4790K, and everything in-between. Summary: If you plan on upgrading your system = G3258 If you dont plan on upgrading your system = x4 860k
I3 is an APU (CPU+GPU) that uses hyper-thread, which means it is technically 4 cores... Amazing value for the price! You can over clock the CPU and GPU without water cooling the system. 860k still requires an expensive GPU to games. This means your total cost to play ANY GAME will be much higher. SOOOO saying your amd will play games that an I3 cannot.. well.. kinda misleading. Remember: these two products are only being compared because of price. A more fair comparison on just tech would be Intel I3 vs AMD A8 7600
I3 is an APU that uses hyper-thread, which means it is technically 4 cores... Amazing value for the price!
what about cache sizes? 860k beats g3258 by a mile...
All the games you mentioned run better on G3258 because how core are made on Intel.
@lokivonstirliz:disqus Just pointing out, since skylake, there are about as many FM2+ as 1150 lga mobos on the market.
@valentinrafael:disqus Some games are more CPU than GPU intensive. Think LoL, TF2, CS:GO, Overwatch, Dota 2, and others.
i use a g3258 for streaming and i'm fine. and in fact its better at streaming then an fx or the 860k because of intel quicksync! you see, (assuming you have a dedicated gpu) intel quicksync uses the gpu in the intel chip to do the streaming work, meanwhile the two cores in the 860k need to be used for the streaming work which in turn, degrades preformance
I think amd must have been reading my posts. Literally weeks after this they unveil their new wraith coolers, now bundling better heatsinks with their chips than even Intel. Good for you AMD.
Just passing by and saw all this childish comments :D, neither Intel or AMD has the upperhand both have potentials in their fields you just have to choose the best CPU or GPU that suits your needs, I have a Intel laptop and a AMD desktop, both perform well and the cooler part is i have both of this cpu's and i can tell their pros and cons, just wondering why CPU boss compared a dual core against a quad core pretty pointless to me.
with DX12 out, more cores are a great bonus, the FX series gained the most from it...the only processors to get better with age lol...and no I'm not an AMD fanboy, I have an Intel in my main RIG, but I do have an 860k in my HTPC...and I had a 3258 kicking around from a previous build...the 860k beat it in almost every real world application...slightly mind you...but enough things can use 4 cores now to make it more attractive...and the days are going forward not it is....of course I wouldn;t fault anyone for having a 3258...its a damn good CPU for the money...impressive little bastard...I'd just pick its competition over it right now.
Indeed, the difference is not too much. The BIG difference is that FM2+ ( 860k ) upgrades to APU's while G3258 upgrades to haswell i3/i5/i7.
Yea...and the pentium has up to 9GHz on cpu-z site.
Games favour fewer stronger cores rather than more weaker cores. Few games require 4 or more cores. Most of the games that people play massively don't.
Plan to be on a budget for a long time? Get the 860k. Plan to upgrade to i5 or i7 later, but short on funds right now? Get the G3258. Feel like going used? Get a used x5650 and a used x58 motherboard, OC to 4 GHz a 6 core 12 threads and you're good for a loong time.
you do not get higher framrates than an i5, or i7. Not one single benchmark shows that. ever. period.
Stop Fighting and open your eyes: - Intel is a better product for budget and entry level gamers because it is a complete system. Integrated graphics are included in the price - AMD is better for mid level; 4 cores seems like a better value but you must add a graphics card to the build. Much more $$$ / Heat / Electric BTW I am going to build a budget dual core system and ran away from AMD A4 dual core ($49) to intel dual core ($65). Only16 dollars more for a much better APU. If I wanted to game mid level than Id go with AMD, If I wanted a professional setup I'd run back to intel... just how it goes... happy building!
I just wish that Intel change the build-in gpu to more cores
nope, bought it on Steam, ran it out of the box. Obviously I'm not getting i7 performance, but it will work.
check on CPU-Z... 6.0Ghz stabile with water cooling... but,trust me,I have 860K and I play ALL games on full maxed out settings and I have same or even bigger FPS than many i5 CPUs... even few i7 (new generation,not old)
with a patch i believe 4 virtual is not the same as 4 physical cores
no, it wasn't a box version, so i used some cheap cooler, i didn't OC so it was more than enough. Today after a year i bought it, i managed to replace this fried shit with another one =X vendor made it almost impossible to refund so i just agreed to replace it. Now i have this damn CPU and a fried mobo =) maybe i gotta try to get mobo fixed and at least use this CPU, or just sell it
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