Intel Reveals Its $72 Unlocked Pentium: An AMD Killer?

/ 2 years ago


Intel has been eternally criticised for not offering unlocked processors at lower price points. In the past this has lent a lifeline to AMD who have been able to keep a fairly strong grip on the low-mid range enthusiast CPU market by offering overclockable CPUs for low budgets. Now Intel is looking to claim that market back by offering up its newest unlocked Pentium processor: the Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition, or the Pentium G3258. With a 3.2GHz base speed the out of the box performance won’t be that great, but with overclocking there’s going to be potential to reach 4.2, 4.4GHz or maybe even 4.6/4.8/5GHz depending on how good each chip is. This all comes in at an impressive $72 MSRP.

At that $72 price point AMD offers its Athlon X4 750K Trinity FM2 CPU and I have a sneaky feeling the unlocked Pentium will perform broadly better as most applications still only take advantage of one or two threads – especially games. In most multi-threaded applications the AMD processor should pull ahead. However, we’ll have to wait and see what the reviews show and hopefully we’ll have a review of our own coming so stay tuned for that!


Source: Intel

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  • Wayne

    I think this would make a very good gaming chip on a strict budget. Pity it’s only a dualie but that hardly a show stopper as you so rightly pointed out that just about all games are optimised for only 2 threads even in this day and age.

  • Black

    Everything intel makes is AMD killer. lol

  • Kynn

    I believe nowadays no one wants a dual core. Well, not for gaming, not for someone who builds is own computer, and obviously not in order to overclock the chip, since you usually overclock for gaming and bench.

    That’s why I believe AMD isn’t afraid; they already have a lot of quad in this range of prices. Even some made for overclocking.

    It’s just making some noises since there’s not much news in processors nowadays

    • saneblane

      Hahaah. Are you serious? This pentium at 4.5ghz would do a lot more damage than most people realize. Heck the normal pentium keeps up with midrange gpus easily. When i get my hands on one I will tell you how great it is.

      • Kynn

        Hey, well the way you’re saying it I’d say you’re wanting it.. for fun. It’s not gonna be your main computer, it’s just you can’t resist the overclocking test :p; and I do understand that. But if the only people buying it are the one overclocking, well even in overclocking you don’t want to play with only a dual core. But well that’s only what I think. I’m waiting for ya, tell me how it’s good :p.