CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of G3258 vs 4460 among desktop CPUs

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium G3258

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium G3258

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much lower typical power consumption 43.06W vs 68.25W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 46.43 $/year vs 73.58 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 12.77 $/year vs 20.24 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i5 4460

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 4460

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Slightly higher Maximum operating temperature 72.72 °C vs 72 °C Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G3258 vs Core i5 4460

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium G3258
6.52 mHash/s
Core i5 4460
8.3 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium G3258
0.82 fps
Core i5 4460
1.01 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 i5 4460
4,300,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G3258  vs
Core i5 4460 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 25,600 MB/s

details

Pentium G3258  vs
Core i5 4460 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72°C Unknown - 72.72°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 1,100 MHz

power consumption

TDP 53W 84W
Annual home energy cost 12.77 $/year 20.24 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 46.43 $/year 73.58 $/year
Performance per watt 3.41 pt/W 9.64 pt/W
Typical power consumption 43.06W 68.25W
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Comments

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That would be true about 2/3 years ago.Nowadays,more and more games are optimized to use more than 2 cores.Yeah,you can run almost(Far Cry 4 won't even open) every game even with only 2 cores,but it won't run as smoothly as it would run with 4 of them.If you don't take my word for it,check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVl8Eupbr_E . To be more futureproof in gaming I recommend buying a quad core CPU and you won't be disappointed.
lol? any game utilizing 1-2 cores(most of them) will see no difference from i5 to g3258
i5 is a quad core which is much more effective in gaming.Although g3258 can be overclocked ,in gaming,programming or editing is far behind the i5 because it doesn't have enough cache and threads.Also i5 has turbo boost and it's going for 3.4 GHz
How about gaming? Does i5 have an advantage than this Pentium G3258?
You can do many things at once much more smoothly. The G3258 is much better for handling less, and it does superb at that, expecially while overclocked.
wtf? is this legit? what's the purpose of this expensive i5 then?
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