Is Intel Killing Off The Budget Champion, The Pentium G4560?

Jul 17, 2017

Since it’s introduction the Pentium G4560 has been a go to for budget gaming PC builds.  Coming in at an RCP of $64USD it has offered up some of the best performance per dollar in a long time.  This is mostly due to the newer Kaby Lake Pentium ditching the simple dual core design and moving to a dual core with hyperthreading like the much more expensive Core i3 series.  The caveat of saving nearly half by not going to the Core i3 means you’ll be losing out on Intel’s SmartCache, Optane support, lower grade iGPU, and a few hundred megahertz.  None of these losses are really going to affect budget minded gamer’s, Optane support may but then again you could use the savings and buy a decent sized boot SSD.

Okay, I’ve rambled on enough about the only Pentium CPU I’ve recommended in years and it’s time to get on task here.  The internet has been swirling with rumors lately and I’ve been seeing it more and more in comments sections around the tech scene that ‘Intel is Killing OFF the Pentium G4560’. The reason? It’s supposedly killing sales of the much more expensive Core i3 lineup, which from where I stand is a reasonable assumption and why I spent the first paragraph discussing that very thing.  I had the opportunity to discuss this with a representative from Intel and what they had to say was simple ‘No, we have no plans to change production capacity of the current Pentium line of CPUs’.

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We did discuss what might be happening and it was interesting to hear from a CPU manufacturer on the current state of cryptocurrency mining and how that is likely contributing to the pricing of the G4560.  That pricing of $82USD is roughly 28% higher on Amazon than Intels RCP of $64.  Basically it’s a very popular choice for people setting up concurrency mining PCs for the same reason gaming graphics cards are more popular than the idea of mining only cards, they carry life after the craze.  You could build a high GPU count mining setup with a dual core Celeron and an array of headless mining cards, but when you decide to exit you’ll have a lot of parts that aren’t going to be the easiest to offload on the second hand market. That’s the attraction of the G4560, people can likely recoup more of their investment.

As for the pricing, that’ll be thanks to e-tailers algorithms that adjust pricing based on sales traffic, stock availability, and selling price that people are paying.  It’s not someone sitting in front of a computer trying to find out how much profit Amazon, Newegg, or others are going to make by forcing the price up knowing someone will buy it, it’s all automated.  That aside, I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a Pentium G4560 for $64 USD, I even paid around $75 USD for mine.

What are your thoughts on this? While I had been focusing on graphics cards pricing being impacted by the recent surge and dissipation of cryptocurrency mining I hadn’t considered the potential impact on other components.

Intel 7th Generation 'Kaby Lake' Desktop Lineup

SKU Name Cores/Threads Core Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP Socket Price
Core i7-7700K 4/8 4.2 GHz 4.5 GHz 8 MB 91W LGA1151 $339 US
Core i7-7700 4/8 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 8 MB 65W LGA1151 $303 US
Core i7-7700T 4/8 2.9 GHz 3.8 GHz 8 MB 35W LGA1151 $303 US
Core i5-7600K 4/4 3.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 6 MB 91W LGA1151 $242 US
Core i5-7600 4/4 3.5 GHz 4.1 GHz 6 MB 65W LGA1151 $213 US
Core i5-7600T 4/4 2.8 GHz 3.7 GHz 6 MB 35W LGA1151 $213 US
Core i5-7500 4/4 3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz 6 MB 65W LGA1151 $192 US
Core i5-7500T 4/4 2.7 GHz 3.3 GHz 6 MB 35W LGA1151 $192 US
Core i5-7400 4/4 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 6 MB 65W LGA1151 $182 US
Core i5-7400T 4/4 2.4 GHz 3.0 GHz 6 MB 35W LGA1151 $182 US
Core i3-7350K 2/4 4.2 GHz N/A 4 MB 60W LGA 1151 $168 US
Core i3-7320 2/4 4.1 GHz N/A 4 MB TBD LGA 1151 $149 US
Core i3-7300 2/4 4.0 GHz N/A 4 MB 51W LGA1151 $138 US
Core i3-7300T 2/4 3.5 GHz N/A 4 MB 35W LGA1151 $138 US
Core i3-7100 2/4 3.9 GHz N/A 4 MB 51W LGA 1151 $117 US
Core i3-7100T 2/4 3.4 GHz N/A 4 MB 35W LGA 1151 $117 US
Pentium G4620 2/4 3.7 GHz N/A 3 MB 51W LGA1151 $86 US
Pentium G4600 2/4 3.6 GHz N/A 3 MB 51W LGA 1151 $75 US
Pentium G4560 2/4 3.5 GHz N/A 3MB 54W LGA 1151 $64 US
Pentium G3950 2/2 3.0 GHz N/A 2 MB 35W LGA1151 $52 US
Pentium G3930 2/2 2.9 GHz N/A 2 MB 35W LGA1151 $42 US