Intel Pentium G620 LGA 1155 Processor Review: Sandybridge For The Masses

Posted Jul 6, 2011
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Pentium was once the King in Intel’s arsenal of processors. Sadly now its name is associated with budget offerings. With the release of the new Pentium G series processors Intel has brought Sandybridge architecture to the sub 100 dollar market. What do you get for your hard earned cash? Read on to find out.

The Pentium Processors based on second generation Core architecture


Hyper threading No
Quick Sync No
AVX Instructions No
AESNI Instructions No
Memory Controller 1066
Over-clocking No
Core Turbo Are you kidding? No!
Graphics Turbo Yes (Upto 1.1 GHz)
Virtualization Technology Yes

As you can see Intel has taken a lot away from the Pentium. So what do you get? A low TDP (65 Watts) and Intel HD graphics core with dynamic speed adjustment.

Quick Facts

Speed 2.6 GHz
Cores / Threads 2/2
L3 (Smart) Cache 3 MB
Instructions Set Extensions SSE 4.1/4.2
Memory Controller 1066/1333 ONLY
Overclocking No
Graphics Core Intel HD Graphics @ 850 MHz
Graphics Extension Units 6
Graphics Core Turbo 1.1 GHz

 

Intel powers the Pentium with Intel HD graphics, while the other Sandybridge processors are powered either by HD graphics 2000 or 3000 cores. Feature set rather than execution units differentiate Pentium’s graphics core with those of other processors based on its architecture.

The Pentium G620 Processor

The processor comes in an Intel standard, rather miniscule, box which also contains the heatsink fan as well as the processor information booklet. As with all Intel processors it also comes with a nifty sticker that can be placed wherever you desire!

The fan is a teeny affair. Given that the processor is multiplier locked it should do fine.


The Pentium G620 up close.

CPU-Z

As you can see this review is based on a retail version of the processor.

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