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On a Budget?
Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am going to once again go back to the budget side of the PC building house. I am going to be discussing the Intel Pentium G4560 and the only real feasible alternative to a budget CPU. So, let’s get down to business.
Intel Pentium G4560
With the initial MSRP of the Intel Pentium G4560, it’s easy to see why these processors were often at the forefront of budget builds. However, over the past four or five months, the supply of the G4560 has decreased while the demand has increased. This leads to the age old economics problem of supply and demand. When supply is low and demand is high, the product generally costs more and vice versa. So, given the supply and demand issue, and the demand for budget PCs being greater than the supply, the G4560 isn’t as budget friendly as it once was.
So, given the low supply of the G4560, what is a feasible alternative? Well, if you want to pay the same as the current price of the G4560 at Newegg, which is 101.35, you have a couple of alternatives in the Intel Core i3-7100, which is just $15 or so more than the G4560, or the Ryzen 3 1200, which is just $5-$10 more on Newegg as well. However, if you are going with these processors, you aren’t going to want to go with the true budget motherboards. These alone may take the budget out of the budget Build. Realistically, there is currently only one option to go with and that is the Intel Pentium G4600, which is currently retailing on Newegg for $87.
What are you getting in the G4600 vs the G4560? Well, not much but it is a small improvement. These two processors are virtually the same in that they both are on the 14nm Kaby Lake architecture. They both have 2 cores and 4 threads. Both support up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133-2400MHz RAM. Both feature the Intel HD630 Integrated graphics and both support DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4. The difference, is the clock speed of the processor itself which the G4600 has a 3.6GHz speed vs the G4560 which is clocked at 3.5GHz. How does this equate to performance? Well, let’s see.
For testing, I went with a test system that one would expect this processor to be in and that’s a budget system. The motherboard is the ASUS Z170P with 8GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport LT RAM (2x4) clocked at 2400MHz, and a Gigabyte GTX 1050ti. When testing games, I tested at 1080p on the highest settings. In Cinebench, The G4560 Scored 386 compared to 394 for the G4600. In Far Cry Primal, the G4560 averaged 42fps while the G4600 averaged 45fps. In GTA V, the G4560 averaged 44fps while the G4600 averaged 52fps. Battlefield 1 had the G4560 averaging 48fps while the G4600 gave me 52fps. In Battlfield 4, the G4560 managed 55fps while the G4600 averaged 59fps.
Intel Pentium G4560 Specifications
Intel Pentium G4560 ($101.35 - Newegg)
The Intel Pentium G4560 released 1st quarter of 2017 on the 14nm, Kaby Lake architecture and had an MSRP of just $64. It features 2 cores and 4 threads clocked at 3.5GHz and includes 3MB cache with a TDP of 54w. The G4560 supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133-2400MHz or DDR3L RAM clocked at 1333-1600MHz. As with the G4600, the G45600 features the Intel HD 630 integrated graphics with a base frequency of 350MHz and a max dynamic frequency of 1.1GHz with a maximum of 64GB of graphics memory. DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4 are supported.
Intel Pentium G4600 Specifications
Intel Pentium G4600 ($86.99 - Newegg)
The Intel Pentium G4600 released 1st quarter of 2017 on the 14nm, Kaby Lake architecture and had an MSRP of $75-$82. It features 2 cores and 4 threads and is clocked at 3.6GHz. It includes a 3MB cache with a TDP of just 51w. The G4600 supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133-2400MHz or DDR3L RAM clocked at 1333-1600MHz. The G4600 features the Intel HD 630 integrated graphics with a base frequency of 350MHz and a max dynamic frequency of 1.1GHz with a maximum of 64GB of graphics memory. DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4 are supported.
Conclusions and Thoughts
When looking at the current budget building market, one can say it is almost not worth it to attempt budget builds. If you are considering a budget build in the current landscape, you would be hard pressed to find a better CPU than the G4600 given the current cost of the G4560. However, you can probably find some decent deals on used parts that still perform well, so much so that you could use the majority of your budget on Z270 motherboard and an unlocked i5 CPU with the intention of upgrading some of those used parts to newer, better parts. At this point in time, I would not recommend trying to build a budget PC for several reasons including the cost of GPUs, RAM, and components in general. Still, if you find yourself wanting to build on a budget, you could very easily go with the G4600 and be happy with that decision, not only in the PC you build but also in your wallet.
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