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Intel Pentium G850, Pentium G840 and Pentium G620 Review

Started by: Inspector 2211 | Date 06/24/11 02:19:21 PM
Comments: 18 | Last Comment:  09/01/12 05:10:50 PM

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"Celeron processors for LGA1155 haven't been announced yet"

Correct, they haven't been announced, but they have been leaked:

G440 / 1 core / 35W / 1.6 GHz / $37 (qty. 1000)
G530 / 2 cores / 65W / 2.4 GHz / $42 (qty. 1000)
G540 / 2 cores / 65W / 2.5 GHz / $52 (qty. 1000)
3 0 [Posted by: Inspector 2211  | Date: 06/24/11 02:19:21 PM]
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This cpu is a perfect buy for the avg consumor. They are fast enough to do any normal task you throw at with ease and even capable of playing some demanding games decently with a good gpu.
1 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 06/25/11 01:41:47 AM]
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Where is the Athlon II X4 640? It costs exactly the same as the G850, but the difference in performance is huge. Plus, you can overclock the Athlon to gain another 20-30%, which you cannot do with the Pentium.

It is nice Intel has cheap processors once again, but they will never repeat the success of the E2xxx series back in 2007. They were even cheaper, they overclocked nicely, and two cores were enough for pretty much every task in a typical home PC.
1 1 [Posted by: Harry Lloyd  | Date: 06/25/11 03:45:50 AM]
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I don't understand how the AMD chips perform this poorly. I would have also liked to see the performance of the Pentium's built in GPU.
0 0 [Posted by: mamisano  | Date: 06/25/11 05:49:56 AM]
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I would have also liked to see the performance of the Pentium's built in GPU.

See "Pentium G850/G840/G620 vs. Core i3-2100T" section of the article please: http://www.xbitlabs.com/a...50-g840-g620_8.html#sect0
0 0 [Posted by: Gavric  | Date: 06/25/11 06:44:27 AM]
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I sell both Intel and AMD computers but with the Pentiums here, I have little reason to sell AMD-based computers right now (outside of a cheap video-editing machine using a X4).

Thankful for this review. I've been waiting awhile.

I agree, it would have been nice to see the Athlon X4 compete, but unless you've got some heavily-threaded activity, it would have been the same story as the X3 on the most common applications that this price-range of PC would be using.

The G620 is likely going to the most common CPU, and it's amazing how it outperforms a 3.4GHz Phenom II X2 in most benchmarks at a fraction of the power usage and a lower price tag (from Intel!).

I'm SO grateful Intel is going to have fewer sockets going forward.

The main strength, I believe, of this Pentium platform, is that it is based on the LGA1155 socket. It will make future upgrades nearly painless and make selling entry-level PCs far more enticing.

If you have one of these Pentiums, you're future CPU upgrade options are incredible. With AM3, we're still waiting on Bulldozer, I'm afraid.
2 0 [Posted by: orange  | Date: 06/25/11 08:34:15 AM]
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The G620 is likely going to the most common CPU, and it's amazing how it outperforms a 3.4GHz Phenom II X2 in most benchmarks at a fraction of the power usage and a lower price tag (from Intel!).
That's been expected. And SB Pentiums use SSE 4.1/4.2 unlike old Athlons and Phenoms.
AMD is hard pressed in all of fronts.
1 0 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 06/25/11 09:14:02 PM]
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Too bad you didn't include the G620T, being a cheap 35W part it might be really interesting alternative to the E-350 for Home Server / HTPC applications
0 1 [Posted by: Dani  | Date: 06/25/11 08:34:58 AM]
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Thanks for the review. I'm always interested in what the low end market has to offer, so I'm happy to see good reviews about them. These look like very good options for budget PC's.
1 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 06/25/11 09:57:51 AM]
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It would be very much of help and look much better if each benchmark has the synopsis of its specific like what parts of systems it stresses, what number of threads it uses, what instruction extentions it uses etc.
Just a name of benchmark carries very little info.
0 0 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 06/25/11 09:01:59 PM]
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I wish you compared the G620t(35W) and the i3-2100T(35W). This review makes me regret my i3-2100T purchase 3-weeks ago. I can't return it but I would have saved 45-50 bucks with the G620T. At the time of purchase, I felt as though the i3-2100T was a better processor for future proofing and I thought the HD2000 graphics would be better. I'm using a Ceton InfiniTV 4 with four tuners.
1 0 [Posted by: strap22  | Date: 06/25/11 10:24:30 PM]
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Congrat on good benchmark (results are consistent with my on AMD side),I have little objection too ,why benchmark not include Athlon II X4 which is price competitor of Pentium G850.My opinion is that Liano be the right measure for Corei3 series, as can be seen having a good OC potential(early test).
1 3 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 06/26/11 12:36:26 PM]
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These Pentiums are the excellent choices for office PCs.
Definitely, AMD does not need BAPCO any more.

openit.freeforums.org: what is behind the scenes.
1 1 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 06/27/11 10:16:36 AM]
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I would have liked to see comparisons with i5 CPUs, not just other low-end processors. The question this article seeks to answer isn't just which cheap chip to buy, but also whether more expensive ones are worth it.
1 0 [Posted by: nicolaim  | Date: 06/27/11 04:53:59 PM]
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i would realy like to see pentium g850 vs athlon x4 640, price is somewhat the same, maby x4 640 is ~3usd more expensive. in my country curency g850 cost 279lt and athlon x4 640 cost 286lt and i realy need cheap upgrade over my intel p e2200. prety much mobos cost cheaper for amd and there already are some am3+ in selection for cheaper upgrade.
0 0 [Posted by: zondas30  | Date: 06/28/11 09:15:04 AM]
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LOL - these make llano obsolete before it sells.
1 1 [Posted by: SiliconDoc  | Date: 07/05/11 03:13:02 AM]
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Thanks for the nice review! I'm interested in the power saving by disconnecting the integrated graphics from the power supply. Why is it only possible with the P67 chipset? Is it because the P67 is the only chipset, that doesn't support the integrated graphics? And will it automatically be powered off or is this configurable via the BIOS? Thanks in advance!
1 0 [Posted by: olebowle  | Date: 02/12/12 12:45:25 PM]
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well ive had my G620 for a while, basically as a fancy htpc. well impressed with the 80W for the whole system with 4*1tb drives etc in my typical usage.

As for CPU it typically sits at 10% unless im doing a lot of file copy stuff in which case it jumps to about 60-70%, but thats only because its intel matrix raid 5, with a lot of throughput going on 300MB/sec, which most cpus would struggle to cope with also.

the system is quiet/cool (its in a cupboard) and the cpu cost me about £50 9 months ago, when the i3 still costs ~£100. One of the best things about this cpu is that itll also do vmware/hyperv, which no one ever mentions
1 0 [Posted by: corrsfan  | Date: 09/01/12 05:10:50 PM]
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