The Finest Worth CPU: Pentium Gold G5400 vs. Ryzen 3 2200G

Aside from AMD's second-generation Ryzen CPUs, we're finally ready to test one of the new Coffee Lake-based parts that Intel announced last month. The chips introduced at the time included three standard-performance Pentium Gold desktop processors: the G5400, G5500 and G5600.

For those of you who missed it, Intel announced new & # 39; Silver & # 39; branded Celeron and Pentium processors at the end of last year. and & # 39; gold & # 39; at. On the desktop, these were Kaby Lake parts with an updated name. Standard desktop Pentium CPUs are now known as Pentium Gold. Since this started with the Kaby Lake generation, hyper-threading was supported over previous Pentium models.

Pentium Silver is designed for chips used in mobile devices and devices with low power consumption using the BGA mounting method. Why Intel thought it necessary to continue segmenting its already heavily segmented product lines is unclear, but it makes a situation that is already very confusing for buyers even more confusing.

However, there are now several Coffee Lake-based Pentium Gold chips, including the G5400, G5500, and G5600. Note that these models only work with H310, B360, H370 and Z370 motherboards. The G5400 has an MSRP of just $ 64 – 15% cheaper than the $ 82 G5500 – but can't be more than 2.5% slower. It's also 25% cheaper than the G5600 ($ 95) and can't be more than 5% slower, so the G5400 is clearly the cheapest part.

In this case, I decided to compare it to AMD's best CPU, the Ryzen 3 2200G. At $ 100, the 2200G is significantly more expensive than the G5400. At over 50% more expensive, you have to ask yourself whether the purchase is really worth it.

On paper, the Ryzen 3 processor has some obvious advantages. First, it's a true quad-core CPU, while the G5400 is a dual-core with HyperThreading for four threads. It has more cache and works at a similar frequency right away, and I say straight away because the 2200G is an unlocked CPU and can therefore be overclocked for even higher performance.

It also supports higher memory frequencies and perhaps the biggest advantage of all is the integrated GPU. While the G5400 includes the pitiful HD Graphics 610, the 2200G is equipped with the much more impressive Vega 8 GPU. However, this will not be the focus of today's comparison, although I will briefly show the graphics performance before I finish.

I want to focus on CPU performance in this comparison, so most gaming benchmarks are done with a discrete graphics card. But instead of using a GTX 1050 or something slower, I test with a GTX 1070 to remove the GPU bottleneck while remaining somewhat realistic.

Keep in mind that last generation flagship GPUs only match the mid-range graphics cards of the current generation. So if you don't update your CPU every time you buy a new graphics card, it is important to know how these CPUs work if the GPU is not restricted. In addition, GPU-limited tests are pointless.

In addition to the GTX 1070, the Pentium G5400 was tested with the MSI H310M Pro-VD. As the name suggests, it's an Intel H310 board – one of the cheapest you can actually get. So we had to use the standard DDR4-2400 memory spec.

The Ryzen 3 2200G system was tested on the MSI B350 mortar using DDR4-3200 memory with loaded standard XMP. For a second test configuration, I upgraded the Wraith stealth box cooler to the DeepCool Gammaxx 200T and overclocked all cores to 3.9 GHz. Continue to the results …


First, we have the results of persistent memory bandwidth and here the Ryzen 3 2200G has 26% more bandwidth. Both CPUs have a two-channel memory controller. The main difference is that the 2200G can use DDR4-3200 memory, while the G5400 is limited to DDR4-2400 on a non-Z370 motherboard.

Here we see when running Cinebench R15 that the G5400 is 9% faster than the standard 2200G for single thread workloads. However, since the 2200G is a true quad-core when it comes to multithreaded performance, it's almost 50% faster. As soon as we overclocked, the 2200G is not even 2% faster for the single-thread test, and a whopping 56% faster for the multithread test. This is real evidence of the dominance of the Ryzen 3 processor in this benchmark.

Next, we'll look at some of the PCMark 10 tests. In fact, we're going to look at four of them, and the first is application launch performance. Here we can see that the G5400 and its single-thread performance do well in this test, although it only progresses after overclocking the 2200G. That said, the 2200G was only 5% slower in stock, so not exactly a big margin.

The video conference test places high demands on the CPU, and here we see that the standard 2200G outperforms the G5400 by a relatively large margin of 10%. After overclocking, the 2200G is 15% faster and that's a pretty good head start for the Ryzen 3 processor.

The web browser test isn't particularly difficult, so this time the G5400 can keep up with the 2200G, so both CPUs can deliver a similar score.

Photo editing is a bit more demanding for the CPU. This allows the Standard 2200G to outperform the Pentium processor by 8% and 15% after overclocking. Overall, AMD scores very well in PCMark 10 for this comparison.

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