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    Default Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    Looking at building a desktop, budget is fairly tight. The laptop I'm currently using has an i5-6200u, and I was wondering how the Pentium G4560 would stack up against that for computing power?

    Was initially thinking it wouldn't even come close, but from what I've read online it's actually faster? Was hoping someone more knowledgeable than me would be able to clear things up

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    Default Re: Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    They are from the same family, both are dual core with hyperthreading, so really it just comes down to clock speed and the pentium clocks higher.
    In practice they will probably seem fairly similar. Laptop CPU naming bears no direct relationship to Desktop parts - something I wish intel would fix because it's misleading and confusing.

    If you had simply googled the title of this thread you could have found several comparisons. Here's one http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare...U/3892vsm36796
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    Default Re: Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    I have googled - hence the sentence about from what I've read it was quicker.

    Still wanted to double check, as I still can't quite get past the pentium naming.

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    Default Re: Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    Just from a quick google, I get the impression that if the Pentium G4560 isnt fast enough, you really need to up your budget.
    Possibly about same speed as a new i3 .
    In real life , for basic office sort of stuff (word, email etc), the cpu wont be the bottleneck , and often a small increase in CPU speed/power isnt noticeable

    I'd bet a SSD would be more of a noticable difference .
    Also , a budget Pent notebook , well thats a budget notebook . Should you compare a bottom of the range NB to a i5 notebook anyway . It wont be just the CPU that
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    Default Re: Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    By adding hyperthreading to the pentium intel essentially removed the distinction from an i3. It's almost as fast as current i3's and faster than many of the previous generation ones. For general computing tasks it's a very good choice.
    The only worthwhile upgrade is to step all the way up to an i5 or Ryzen R5 for considerably more money - anything in between will not be a significant upgrade.

    Really depends what you will use the PC for whether it'll matter though. I have a NUC I use for video playback, streaming and internet use. It has a slow i3 5010U CPU with 8GB of RAM and a 120GB MSATA SSD. Uses 15W of power max. That thing feels so responsive and snappy it's hard to remember how slow the CPU is, just because nothing I do actually needs more power so the SSD and RAM have more impact on daily usage. I also have a AIO with an i5 2400 that felt much slower until I added an SSD.
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    Default Re: Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    Yea that was my thinking. The laptop I use has an i5-6200u, and it has never been the CPU that bottlenecked. So if I can spend under $100 and get a desktop Pentium that is just as quick or quicker, I will. Need to check out the integrated graphics though.

    I was originally going to go with an i5-7400, but it'd honestly probably just be unused capacity.

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    Default Re: Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    A cheap option if you just want a basic box are all those ex lease business class PCs that are floating around, unless you want to do it yourself or have the option to expand later - they are good as is but limited in what can be done to them later.

    this sort of thing https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/EXW...usiness-SFF-In Subtract the price of windows off it and you are paying < $100 for the PC. Of course it'll never be a gamer.
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    Default Re: Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    As has been mentioned - if it comes down to i5 and a HDD, vs Pentium and a SSD, for basic day to day use, you will find the Pentium and SSD feels faster.
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    Default Re: Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    Well, I ended up blowing the budget and buying a pre-built system from pbtech during their last sale. It's fast!

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    Default Re: Pentium G4560 vs i5-6200u

    Blowing the budget on a PC is never a bad idea. Some of the prices on PB's prebuilt systems are very sharp.
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