Today, we tested two of the most inexpensive processors for desktop computers from AMD and Intel: the A6-6400K and the Pentium G3220. Both are dual-core models costing only USD 53, making a great option for users building an inexpensive entry-level desktop PC. Let’s see which one is the best option.

The main advantage of these CPUs compared to other entry-level options is that, differently from some low-end CPUs such as the Athlon 5150, the Pentium J2900, the Sempron 2650, and the Celeron J1800, which are system-on-a-chip (SoC) models and come soldered to the motherboard, they use regular motherboards (socket FM2 for the AMD model and socket LGA1150 for the Intel part). This allows you to build a machine today with a low-cost processor, and upgrade it with a mainstream or even a high-end CPU in the future, with no need to change anything except for the CPU itself.

Figures 1 to 5 unveil the two tested CPUs. Both them come with a small stock cooler.

A6-6400K vs. Pentium G3220Figure 1: boxes

A6-6400K vs. Pentium G3220Figure 2: the A6-6400K (left) and the Pentium G3220 (right), which their stock coolers

A6-6400K vs. Pentium G3220Figure 3: the A6-6400K CPU

A6-6400K vs. Pentium G3220Figure 4: the Pentium G3220 CPU

A6-6400K vs. Pentium G3220Figure 5: bottom of both processors

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