Average Bench: 53.5% (713th of 1452)

Based on 4,757 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000306C3 Model: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G3420 @ 3.20GHz

The G3420 is a 2013 Haswell based CPU and is part of Intel's value range of Pentium processors which were first released in 2011. The Pentium-G range have very strong single and dual core performance but lag far behind the group leaders in terms of multi-core processing (MCP). MCP is important for tasks such as audio/video encoding, or software development. For regular PC use such as surfing the web, listening to music, watching movies and playing the vast majority of games, MCP is not required. The G3420 currently retails for less than one fifth of the price of a top of the range 4770K but has an effective speed of 81.2 which is just 4% lower than the average of the current group leaders. The vast majority of users will notice no difference even by paying five times more for a top end multi-core processor. The G3420 is my top value CPU pick for 2014.  [Mar '14 CPUPro]

Poor: 41%Average: 53.5% Great: 62%
Gaming
Gaming 54%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 37%
Jet ski

Average average bench

The Intel Pentium G3420 averaged 46.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 79.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 84.4Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Pentium G3420 is 20.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Pentium G3420 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 164Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 164Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,757 samples)
Min Avg Max
58.1 Memory 79.6 93
55.2 1-Core 84.4 94.2
86.5 2-Core 159 186
63.7% 108 Pts
Min Avg Max
98.6 4-Core 161 185
112 8-Core 164 185
21.8% 163 Pts
Min Avg Max
104 64-Core 164 186
10.2% 164 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 2 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.7
1-Core 78.6
2-Core 157
67% 110 Pts
4-Core 156
8-Core 159
21% 158 Pts
64-Core 155
10% 155 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 2 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.9
1-Core 77.7
2-Core 143
62% 102 Pts
4-Core 142
8-Core 141
19% 142 Pts
64-Core 140
9% 140 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 2 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.3
1-Core 66.2
2-Core 150
56% 95.8 Pts
4-Core 150
8-Core 152
20% 151 Pts
64-Core 152
9% 152 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 2 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 62.9
1-Core 56.9
2-Core 97.4
45% 72.4 Pts
4-Core 114
8-Core 126
16% 120 Pts
64-Core 125
8% 125 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $68 @ launch in Sep '13
AmazonUS $533 months
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Typical Pentium G3420 Builds (Compare 5,085 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 20%
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Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 (MS-7817) - $73

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $213

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Pentium® Processor G3420 (3M Cache, 3.20 GHz)
Code NameHaswell
Launch DateQ3'13
Processor NumberG3420
# of Cores2
# of Threads2
Cache3 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2
Embedded Options AvailableYes
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$75.00 - $82.00
Clock Speed3.2 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI2
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP53 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2013C

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
Graphics OutputeDP/DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.15 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
Clear Video HD TechNo
Graphics Video Max Memory1.7 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3-1333/1600, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.5V
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedYes

Expansion Options

PCI Express RevisionUp to 3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsNo

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost TechNo
Hyper-Threading TechNo
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NINo
vPro TechNo
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)No

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography22 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1150

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

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7 years ago.

Compared to the price good performance


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