Intel Pentium G4560 Review: Cannibalizing the i3

By Patrick Lathan & Steve Burke Published May 06, 2017 at 1:24 pm
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Additional Info

  • Component: CPU
  • Awards: Editor's Choice
  • Original MSRP: 64
  • Manufacturer: Intel

Intel G4560 Power Draw

Starting off with something easy, we’re looking at power draw measured from the wall. This is total system power under stock configurations, unless otherwise noted. We only just started adding these tests with Ryzen, so we’ve not yet compiled other Intel CPUs into the power draw tests. This gives us a baseline, at least.

Under no workload at all, we measured an idle power draw of 44W, placing the G4560 below all of the other CPUs we’ve recently tested – which makes sense, as it’s not a performance part. With Blender multi-threaded workload hammering all the threads, the power draw goes up to about 67W from the wall. Cinebench puts us at 55W under single-threaded conditions, with POVRay hovering at 58W under single-threaded conditions. This is all achievable thanks to roughly 1v on the core.

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This is exceptionally power efficient and means that we won’t need a heavy-duty cooler for use in real-world builds. As we show in the article, you could get along just fine with the stock cooler and save even more money off the build. For temperature values, see the article linked in the description below. We’ll move on to Blender tests now.

Temperatures

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The temperature of the CPU package never passed 44C, and never 18.6C above ambient. For comparison, the i3-7350K reached about 65C under load (with the same X62 cooler). The power draw (shown above) is low enough that Intel’s included stock cooler would be completely adequate for cooling, which matters a lot for a CPU so cheap that a $20 cooler would be nearly one-third of its cost.

7350K temperatures, for comparison:

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Synthetic Benchmarks

Cinebench - Intel G4560 Results vs. i3, i5, R5

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Multithreaded, 385.7 is the worst average score in our current database. Single-threaded, 150.4 is fairly respectable, and that competence in limited-thread applications is what will matter later on in gaming benchmarks. 150 is on par with lower-frequency modern processors like the 6900K and 1700X, although they have a massive advantage in core count to compensate.

The i3-6300, for reference, operated 9% faster than the G4560 at 422 cb marks, and 8.3% faster in single-threaded performance. That makes sense, given the clock difference. For more reference points, the i3-7350K stock CPU scored 467cb marks, or a 21% lead over the G4560 as gained by an extra $100 spend.

Blender - Intel G4560 Render Benchmark

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Blender took 109.7 minutes to complete rendering, almost exactly as long as the stock Phenom II X6 1055T, a CPU that recently celebrated its seventh birthday. Based on this, we decided to again forgo the even-longer Premiere render test. Overclocked, the 7350K finished in only 78.3 minutes, but this is only a theoretical advantage: nobody that can avoid it should be attempting to render scenes using a dual-core processor.

For what it’s worth, the i3-6300 completed the render in 100 minutes, roughly 10% ahead of the G4560. That’s the advantage of a faster clock.

POV-Ray Benchmark - Intel G4560

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Similar to Cinebench, POV-Ray’s multithreaded benchmark was well beyond the capabilities of the G4560, coming in behind the stock 1055T again, and in single-threaded performance roughly equal to modern processors like the 1800X. Still, the 1800X can be overclocked, and the G4560 cannot.

3DMark Firestrike & Timespy - G4560

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A 6127 physics score in Firestrike is lower than both stock Phenom IIs and 30% lower than the overclocked 7350K, but at least the TimeSpy benchmark actually completed, which is more than the Phenom IIs could manage. In TimeSpy, the score is 27% below the 7350K OC.

Synthetics are a weak spot. The G4560 is absolutely, positively not suited for rendering or heavily-threaded tasks, even less so than i5s, since it only has two physical cores and a heavily limited frequency. We include these results to be thorough, but they don’t represent the intended use of this processor. Note that although the G4560 firmly places itself at the bottom of the chart in every single multithreaded synthetic test, the single-threaded results are not bad.

Continue to the next page for gaming benchmarks & the conclusion.


Last modified on May 06, 2017 at 1:24 pm

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