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Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz CPU Review

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:01 am

Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz CPU Review

Intel recently released the companies first Pentium processors for the Intel LGA1155 CPU socket that utilize the Intel 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture. The Intel Pentium processor family is comprised of three new SKUs, called the G620, G840 and G850. We have the Intel Pentium Processor G850 on the test bench to find out how this 2.9GHz dual-core processor does against half a dozen other processors!

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After trying out both the Intel Pentium G620 and Pentium G850 we must admit that we are still impressed by what these cost effective mainstream processors can do. Thanks to the powerful Intel 'Sandy Bridge' microarchitecture these dual-core processors don't run too far behind the more expensive offerings from Intel and AMD. You can find some pretty good deals on LGA775 and LGA1156 platforms right now, but the Intel Pentium series for LGA1155 has more features and as you could see in the performance tests they weren't that far behind in the benchmarks.


Article Title: Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz CPU Review
Article URL: http://legitreviews.com/article/1672/1/
Pricing At Time of Print: $97.99 shipped
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Re: Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz CPU Review

Postby Teanut » Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:43 pm

Good review, but in your conclusion I think you focused a little too much on how the Llano processor, which is essentially a Phenom II CPU with an excellent integrated GPU, is faster than the Pentium G850 in GPU related tasks. This doesn't account for the fact that an A8-3850 is approximately $40 more than a Pentium G850, and that Socket FM1 motherboards are generally more expensive than 1155 ones. I think your comparison is valid when looking at just what's integrated into the CPU or looking for a low-power system, but when considering the total cost of processor+motherboard+graphics solution I think the results might be more interesting if you had included a low end dedicated GPU in the mix.

For reference:
1155 Motherboard: $50 (Newegg)
FM1 Motherboard: $70+$5 shipping (Newegg)
Radeon 5570: $55 (Newegg)

FM1 Motherboard + A8-3850= $215
1155 Motherboard + Pentium G850 + Radeon 5570 = $205
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Re: Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz CPU Review

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:22 pm

thanks for the feedback. At the end of the day there are too many variables to test, but we try to give you a good foundation to make an educated buying decision from.

You can also catch some AMD FM1 motherboards from time to time for under $63 shipped with rebates - about35477.html

ECS A75F-M2 $62.98 shipped + AMD A8-3850 $139.99 shipped = $202.97

If you look for some special offers you can get both platforms for a very good price.
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