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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz Core i5-4690 3.5GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 162% 14%
Cyberpunk 2077 122% 3%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 98% 14%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 184% 24%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 94% 15%
Doom Eternal 115% 6%
FIFA 20 87% 18%
Grand Theft Auto VI 256% 55%
Need For Speed Heat 121% 3%
Halo: Reach 8% 53%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz is massively better than the Intel Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz was released over a year more recently than the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz, and so the Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has 2 more cores than the Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz. With 4 cores, the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has 2 more threads than the Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz and Core i5-4690 3.5GHz are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has a 0.6 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Core i5-4690 3.5GHz has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz has a 49 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz and the Core i5-4690 3.5GHz both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSkylakeHaswell
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201514 May 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads2vs4
Clock Speed2.9 GHzvs3.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.9 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs84 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Pentium G4400TIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs400 MHz
Max GPU Frequency950 MHzvs1250 MHz
DirectX12.0vs11.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium G4400 2.9GHz is an energy efficient budget processor based on the 14nm, Skylake Architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.9GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor integrates Weak Graphics called Intel HD Pentium G4400T, with 12 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 950MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
Core i5-4690 3.5GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, which may go up to 3.9GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4600, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1200MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 84W.

Compared to Core i5-4670K there's an overall 3% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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