If so then you should check out the brand new Intel Pentium G3258. Announced a couple of days ago by Intel, our 3XS engineers have been playing with samples of this chip for a few weeks and found that it’s amazingly overclockable.
That’s because like a K edition Core i5 or i7, the G3258 has an unlocked bus multiplier.
This means, that although it runs at a comparatively slow 3.2GHz out of the box, it can be easily overclocked to 4.5GHz.
Despite only officially support 1333MHz DDR3 we’ve also had no problems running at the G3258 with 2133MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3.
At these sort of overclocked frequencies the Pentium G3258 makes mincemeat of most games, running them at the same frame rate as a £200 more expensive Core i5 or i7.
The graph below shows an overclocked Pentium G3258 versus a Core i5 and i7 running Battlefield 4 with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770, the most popular graphics card right now with gamers.
All you need to take advantage of this awesomely overclockable CPU is a Z87 or Z97 motherboard, a decent CPU cooler and a modicum of overclocking knowledge.
You can reserve yourself a Pentium G3258 at Scan now, but you better be quick, we predict this one will be a fast seller!
Alternatively, you can reserve yourself a pre-overclocked Pentium G3258 in a Scan 3XS gaming PC .