CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of G3258 vs 4160 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Pentium G3258 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Pentium G3258  based on its overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium G3258

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Intel Pentium G3258

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Front view of Intel Core i3 4160

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Intel Core i3 4160

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More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G3258 vs Core i3 4160

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium G3258
6.52 mHash/s
Core i3 4160
8.95 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium G3258
0.82 fps
Core i3 4160
-1 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

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
Core i3 4160
3,620,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G3258  vs
Core i3 4160 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 53W 54W
Annual home energy cost 12.77 $/year 13.01 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 46.43 $/year 47.3 $/year
Performance per watt 3.39 pt/W 12.53 pt/W
Typical power consumption 43.06W 43.88W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI 2.0
Number of links 0 0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Pentium G3258  vs
Core i3 4160 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72°C Unknown - 72°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.42 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 3.82 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.42 GHz 3.67 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 1,150 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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Comments

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Look at the framedrops with g3258 before you buy! I myself made this mistake =( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxUPJdcChzE
The difference of 1600 mhz ram over 1333mhz ram is not worth to consisder.In most of the case you won't notice any different.
mine runs on 2666 mhz asrock on z97 pro 4. it depends on motherboard and on you cpu's IMC(varies on exemplary).
And, the Pentium can't use 1600MHz ram
Well, they didn't mention that the pentium can't operate with 1600MHz ram, only 1333
Sorry, these results are crap. The i3 is faster than the pentium in EVERY situation, because of its bigger L3-Cache and higher clock speed. You cannot take one obviously messed up benchmark result and recommend the CPU based on pretty much only that. The only reasons for the pentium are OC and price. Not only does the i3 have higher single core performance, but also does it vaporize the pentium in games and apps that use more than 2 threads. In games the i3 can get a lead of around 30%. Stop giving people wrong ideas!
The Core i3 is better on every task dude... also Geek Bench is a piece of crap and should not be used by anyone it benefits Intel because of the single core performance (Y)
Brute performence? 1000pts dif in GeekBench?
For the price difference yes you should totally go for the Pentium G3258 it is a bang for your buck, but for pure brute performance you should go fo the Core i3 4160.
impressive. I'd go for the pentium :D
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