Intel Pentium G4560
Hi everyone. Will here. Today, I’m going to be discussing and reviewing the brains of my budget PC build, the Intel Pentium G4560 processor. So, let’s get this started.
First and foremost, this was my first endeavor back into PC building in 12 years. The last PC I built, I took a processor and an nVidia GPU (can’t remember which one, it was 2005) from a gaming PC I had purchased from Gateway and plugged them into a compatible motherboard and cheap case and went from there. I was really excited to get back into PC building especially since Destiny was finally coming to PCs as Bungie decided to partner with Blizzard Entertainment and bring us Destiny 2.
So, what do you get with the Pentium G4560? Well, let’s look at the technical specifications first and then, I’ll let you know my experiences with this budget friendly processor that packs quite a punch giving you great price to performance value.
The Pentium G4560 CPU is a processor that was launched by Intel in early 2017 and is part of Intel’s Kaby Lake series of processors. The processor comes equipped with 2 cores and 4 threads as hyperthreading was enabled with this processor. It has a base clock frequency of 3.50GHz with 3MB of L3 cache. The Pentium G4560 had a total power draw, or TDP of 54 watts. The processor supports a maximum of 64gb of system RAM rated at DDR4 2133 to 2400 MHz or DDR3L 1333-1600 MHz, 1.35v. The processor supports a maximum of dual channel and ECC memory is supported.
The Pentium G4560 offers integrated graphics in the form of Intel HD Graphics 610 at 350MHz and a graphics maximum dynamic frequency of 1.05GHz; maximum graphics video supported is 64gb. The processor does support 4K at 60Hz but I would not recommend gaming in 4K with this CPU, regardless of the GPU you bring to the table. Maximum resolution supported is 4096x2304 at 24Hz on HDMI 1.4, 4096x2304 at 60Hz on Display Port, and 4096x2304 at 60Hz on eDP-Integrated Flat Panel.
The processor supports DirectX 12 and Open GL 4.4. Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel InTru 3D technology, Intel Clear Video HD technology, and Intel Clear Video technology are all supported as well. Maxiumum number of displays is 3. Expansion options include PCI express revision 3.0 with configurations of up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 and a maximum number of PCI Express lanes of 16.
The CPU is compatible with LGA1151 sockets and Intel recommends temperatures no more than 100 degrees Celsius. The Pentium G4560 does not support Optane memory, Turbo boost, or vPro technologies. However, it does support hyperthreading, Virtualization technology, and Intel 64.
So, I have used the Pentium G4560 now for just over a month in my budget PC build and I haven’t been disappointed with it. In fact, I have been quite impressed with it. With that being said, let’s talk about benchmarks in gaming. In my testing, I tested only in 1080p resolution at 60Hz and all highest settings and no antialiasing on.
First up is the game, Rise of the Tomb Raider. The game averaged 148 frames per second (FPS) with a low of 64 FPS. The game played fairly smoothly with minimal stutter. Keep in mind however, this game does not rely too heavily on the CPU and instead, the GPU which in this case, is one of the top of the line GPUs on the market and it showed. I tested Far Cry Primal and got an average FPS of 156 with minimum FPS of 57. There was frequent stuttering but the game was playable. Overwatch was next cranking out an average FPS of 103 and a maximum of 156. The game was real smooth all around. Next up was Doom on Ultra quality which netted me a minimum FPS of 161 and a maximum of 197 FPS. This was quite an enjoyable experience and there was no stuttering or other issues with this game on this processor.
I then put the CPU through the Battlefield test, testing it on Battlefield 4. This game is quite CPU intensive and it showed with a minimum of 144 FPS, average of 163 FPS, and a maximum of 197 FPS. I only tested this game streaming and boy was it difficult. Early into the game, there was a lot of stuttering that made the game unplayable. However, after adjusting the 720p on high settings, the processor held its own and I actually had a decent playing experience. If you watch a video of the streaming I did, you will see. The FPS numbers definitely do not show here but can be seen in the video.
Next up was another CPU intensive game in GTA V. As you can see, the CPU struggled quite a bit netting a minimum of 8 FPS, average 107 FPS, and a maximum of 266 FPS. The game was so bad at some points where I decided to cut my losses and drop to 720p and high setting. I also lowered some of the open world settings such as population size and diversity as well as distance scaling. While streaming, with these new, lower settings, the processor did well and showed it was well worth the $79 I paid for it, though the MSRP is only around $64. I have posted a link below to a video of GTA V play on my YouTube channel.
Finally, I tested the game Warframe, which is free on Steam. I was unable to capture any FPS data on the stream however, with FRAPS running, I was able to record an average FPS of 119 and a low of just 44 FPS with the average of 84 FPS. The game is very playable even while streaming.
Gamers Nexus Reviews the Intel Pentium G4560
So, as you can see, the CPU can hold its own and with a price tag of around $65-$80, it is definitely worth the cost. I believe I have said it before but I would pay around $90-$100 for this processor and at the current costs, is without a doubt, the ideal processor for budget builds and should absolutely be dubbed, “The Budget CPU King.” Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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William Cobb (author) from Columbia, SC on August 26, 2017:
It's a great processor and absolutely the best bang for your buck right now. It will pair well with that 1050ti
Lynchworm on August 26, 2017:
im using this cpu in a build im creating for a friend of mine and im excited myself honestly to see how it works, im using it with a gtx 1050 ti and hoping for the best lol