The Pentium G4560 is a low-cost CPU from Intel, based on the Kaby Lake architecture, with two cores, Hyper-Threading, and 3.5 GHz clock. Let’s test it and check if is it a good option for a budget PC.

Recently, Intel launched the seventh generation Core i processors, codenamed Kaby Lake. At first, were launched the Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs, and soon after, the Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron models. Those processors bring small changes compared to the sixth-generation ones: new video decoder for 4K video, improved Speed Shift technology (that dynamically adjusts the CPU clock,) and support to Optane technology (which is a future kind of high performance SSDs.)

One of the new options on this generation is the Pentium CPUs, that come now with Hyper-Threading technology, which makes each physical core to be recognized by the operating system as two logical cores (threads). Until the previous generation, this was the main difference between Pentium and Core i3 CPUs, because only these last ones had it.

The Pentium G4560 has two cores, four threads, 3.5 GHz clock, 3 MiB of L3 cache, and TDP of 54 W. It is manufactured under 14 nm process.

In our tests, we compared the Pentium G4560 to its predecessor, the Pentium G4500. We also included the Core i3-7100, to check how much this new Pentium CPU is close to the entry Core i3 in performance. At last, we also included the Core i5-7600K to the comparison, in order to have an idea of the performance difference between low-cost CPUs and a top-mainstream one.

Figure 1 show the Pentium G4560 box.

Pentium G4560 reviewFigure 1: the Pentium G4560 package

In Figure 2 you see the contents of the package: a small manual, a case sticker, the CPU itself and the stock cooler.

Pentium G4560 reviewFigure 2: box contents

Figure 1 unveils the Pentium G4560 CPU.

Pentium G4560 reviewFigure 3: the Pentium G4560 CPU

Figure 2 shows the bottom of the CPU.

Pentium G4560 reviewFigure 4: underside of the Pentium G4560

In our benchmarks, we used the integrated video for the processing tests. However, for the gaming benchmarks, we disabled the integrated video and used a GeForce GTX 1080 video card on both CPUs, in order to see how the CPU power impact games, not the iGPU.

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