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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
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 43.06W vs 105.63W 2.5x lower typical power consumption
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 24,576 MB Supports around 35% more RAM
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3.06 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 72 °C vs 67.9 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.42 GHz vs 4.25 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 46.43 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 2.5x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 12.77 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Newer Apr, 2014 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 4 years later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 4.2 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i7 950

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Intel Core i7 950

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 2 6 more threads

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G3258 vs Core i7 950

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 i7 950
137,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G3258  vs
Core i7 950 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.06 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad 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
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 53W 130W
Annual home energy cost 12.77 $/year 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 46.43 $/year 113.88 $/year
Performance per watt 3.41 pt/W 1.55 pt/W
Typical power consumption 43.06W 105.63W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 QPI
Number of links 0 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 4,800 MT/s

details

Pentium G3258  vs
Core i7 950 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 8
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72°C Unknown - 67.9°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.42 GHz 4.25 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 4.2 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 4,890.2 3,815.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.42 GHz 4.25 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
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
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3L-1333
DDR3
DDR3-800
Channels Dual Channel Triple Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 25,599.99 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 24,576 MB
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