The Pentium G4500 is a low-cost desktop CPU from Intel, with two cores, 3.5 GHz clock, based on the “Skylake” architecture and compatible with LGA1151 socket. Let’s check if is it a good choice for a budget PC.

Basic CPUs like the Pentium G4500 are usually used in office PCs or simple home PCs, for simple tasks like text editing or web browsing, that don’t require a huge processing power.

The Pentium G4500 has two cores, 3.5 GHz clock, Intel HD 530 graphics engine and, as we mentioned before, uses the LGA1151 socket. Actually, there is not much difference between Pentium and Celeron on the LGA1151 socket; they differ only on the lower clock and smaller L3 cache on the Celeron models. On the other hand, the desktop Core i3 models differ by the presence of the Hyper-Threading technology, that simulate two logical cores for each physical core. This means we can say the recent Pentium CPUs are actually Core i3 processors with the Hyper-Threading technology disabled.

Figure 1 unveils the box of the Pentium G4500 we used in our tests.

Pentium G4500Figure 1: box of the Pentium G4500

Figure 2 shows the box contents: a manual, a case sticker, the CPU itself, and a cooler.

Pentium G4500Figure 2: box contents

Figure 3 unveils the Pentium G4500 CPU.

Pentium G4500Figure 3: the Pentium G4500 CPU

Figure 4 shows the bottom of the CPU.

Pentium G4500Figure 4: underside of the Pentium G4500

In our tests, we compared the Pentium G4500 to the AMD FX-4300, which has a similar price. You need to keep in mind, however, that the Pentium G4500 has integrated video, while the FX-4300 has no iGPU, so it requires a discrete video card, or a motherboard that offers this feature.

So, we tested both CPUs with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti video card installed, as a way to check the pure processing performance of each one of the tested CPUs.

Let’s compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs in the next page.