Intel Pentium G4620 Review

Entry-level desktop processor released in 2017 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 3.7GHz, and a 51W power rating. Pentium G4620 is based on the Kaby Lake-S 14nm family and part of the Pentium series.
Price 60%
Speed 67%
Productivity 51%
Gaming 75%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility LGA1151
Integrated Graphics Intel HD Graphics 630
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2017 Model
Price 100 USD
Number of Cores 2 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 3.7 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.7 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.7 GHz
Power Consumption 51 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 3 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 60 %
Speed Score 67 %
Productivity Score 51 %
Gaming Score 75 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 56.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 28.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 14.2 %
Overall Score 33/100

The Pentium G4620 is one of Intel's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2017 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 3.7GHz, and a 51W power rating. The Pentium G4620 is based on the Kaby Lake-S 14nm family and is part of the Pentium series.

Pentium G4620 is also the successor of Intel's last gen Pentium G4520 processor that was based on the Skylake-S and 14nm process and was released in 2015.

This processor packs 2-cores and 4-threads in a mainstream package for the first time, and does it at a similar price point as the A6-7470K, a processor with just 2-cores and 2-threads.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the Intel Pentium G4620 finally dethrones the A6-7470K as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Pentium G4620 doesn't reach the same single-core performance as AMD, but we're starting to see more games adopt multi-threaded CPUs, so that doesn't matter as much.

But we've also found that, after simple push-button overclocking, the Pentium G4600 offers similar performance to the Pentium G4620, even when it is also overclocked. But for $70 less. The Pentium G4620 is an impressive chip and offers a better mixture of performance than AMD's A6-7470K, no doubt, but in this case, value seekers might opt for its less expensive sibling.

As the higher-priced version of the Pentium G4600, the Pentium G4620 has higher base and Boost frequencies of 3.7 and 3.7 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Pentium G4600's PPT tops out at 51W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Pentium G4620 at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

But, like most humans, if you do things other than gaming, the Pentium G4620 offers a better mixture of performance in single- and multi-threaded applications. The Pentium G4620 offers twice the threads of the price-comparable A6-7470K, and it wields them to great effect in threaded workloads. As such, rendering and encoding remain a strong suit of the Pentium chips, and Intel's improvements to AVX throughput have yielded impressive results.

Out of the box, the Pentium G4620 is a better all-arounder than the A6-7470K and offers incrementally higher performance than its downstream counterpart. The bundled cooler reduces platform costs, and a wide array of motherboards offers plenty of choices for builders.

The Intel Pentium G4620 was rolled out on Jan 2017 for $100, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Pentium G4520. This means that at least we're not seeing any considerable price jumps from generation to generation.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the A6 processor. The base performance we showed for the Pentium G4620 can be achieved with $90 memory, while the A6-7470K will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

One of the nice things about the Intel Pentium G4620 processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Pentium G4620 up for $100 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Pentium G4620 retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 51W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

The Intel Pentium G4620 seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $100 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the A6-7470K 2-Core unlocked desktop processor with Radeon R5 (on die) graphics ($215.7 shipped).

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, Intel also offers the Pentium G4600 at $87. It’s still outfitted with 2-cores and 4-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.6GHz and maxes out at only 3.6GHz.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent entry-level chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade Z270, Z370, Z390 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Pentium CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the entry-level with its Pentium G4620 processors, which the company is making available as of Jan 2017.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Pentium G4620

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Pentium G4620.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $30.6 81.7 FPS
103.1 FPS
74.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $16.3 79.5 FPS
100.4 FPS
72.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $9.7 72.2 FPS
90.2 FPS
64.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $43.3 69.2 FPS
87.3 FPS
64 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $10.2 68.2 FPS
84.4 FPS
59.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $11.9 63.9 FPS
80.5 FPS
57.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $7.8 63.6 FPS
77.7 FPS
55.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $19.1 62.7 FPS
77.7 FPS
56.7 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $11.1 62.7 FPS
77.1 FPS
54.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $6.5 61.1 FPS
75 FPS
52.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $8.3 60.2 FPS
72.6 FPS
52.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $7 57 FPS
67.6 FPS
48 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $6.2 56 FPS
68.8 FPS
48.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $9.2 54.3 FPS
65.8 FPS
46.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $6.5 53.6 FPS
62.1 FPS
43.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $5.3 52.8 FPS
64.4 FPS
45 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $29.4 50.9 FPS
60.8 FPS
45.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $9.8 50.8 FPS
62.5 FPS
43.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $8.1 50.3 FPS
60.9 FPS
42.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $20.4 48.9 FPS
58.6 FPS
41.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $5.8 47.9 FPS
58 FPS
40.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $8.4 47.6 FPS
58.4 FPS
40.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $8.6 46.3 FPS
55.6 FPS
38.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $5.1 45.1 FPS
54.7 FPS
38.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $15.2 42.6 FPS
51.3 FPS
35.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $5.2 42.5 FPS
51.5 FPS
36 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $6.9 40.3 FPS
47.4 FPS
32.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $16.8 38.7 FPS
48.8 FPS
35.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $4.3 37 FPS
44.7 FPS
31.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $5.4 36.7 FPS
43.1 FPS
29.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $15 36.5 FPS
43.5 FPS
30.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $6.4 35.7 FPS
42 FPS
28.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $18.4 35.2 FPS
43.6 FPS
31.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $29.3 34.1 FPS
40.3 FPS
29.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $16.5 33.2 FPS
41 FPS
29 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $7.7 33.1 FPS
39.3 FPS
27.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $5.1 32.9 FPS
38.7 FPS
26.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $13.4 32 FPS
39.4 FPS
27.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $5.4 31.5 FPS
37.4 FPS
26.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $10.6 30.9 FPS
36.3 FPS
26.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $13.3 30.1 FPS
36.6 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $11 29.9 FPS
35.9 FPS
24 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $5.7 29.5 FPS
35.5 FPS
24.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $5.3 28.2 FPS
33.9 FPS
23.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $6.8 26.3 FPS
31.8 FPS
22.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $10.4 22.1 FPS
26.4 FPS
18.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $12.5 19.9 FPS
23.8 FPS
16 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $10.1 19.7 FPS
23.6 FPS
16 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $8.7 19.4 FPS
23.3 FPS
16.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $14.5 19.2 FPS
23.3 FPS
15.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $10.5 19 FPS
22.6 FPS
15.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $10.2 16.6 FPS
19.7 FPS
13.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $6.5 15.3 FPS
18 FPS
12.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $10.6 15 FPS
17.6 FPS
12.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $10.1 14.7 FPS
16.6 FPS
11.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $10.2 14.6 FPS
16 FPS
11.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $10.4 13.5 FPS
15.9 FPS
11.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $11.5 13 FPS
13.7 FPS
9.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $7.4 10.7 FPS
12.7 FPS
8.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $7.7 10.2 FPS
12 FPS
8 FPS
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The 51W Pentium G4620 is the family's highest-end model. Its 3.7 GHz base frequency is only 100 MHz higher than the previous-gen G4520. As with all Pentiums, Turbo Boost is not supported.
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TheTuskii June 02, 2020
PC Upgrade Path
Hello whoever's reading this!


Back a few years I built my very first pc, I used a Pentium G4620 , Zotac mini GTX 1050 , a 500W Cert. PSU , a b250m motherboard , 16gb of DDR4 and a common WD blue 1TB HHD . Since then I have upgraded my mother board to a Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon , my crappy case, my PSU (which is now a 600W cooler master 80+ bronz cert. PSU ), and finally my CPU cooler to a after market one.

Just by the specs you can tell it is nothing over the top xD! I was wondering what a good upgrades would be.
As of now I am looking at the RTX 2060 Super, and the i5 9600k. I want a noticeable upgrade in graphics and fps, and something that will allow me to expand in the future. (BTW I already ordered a 1tb SSD , tired of a 10 minute system power up lol. Any ideas, or different upgrades please let me know. Also I would like something that maybe supports Ray Tracing .

Thanks,

Andrew
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hang-the-9 March 25, 2010
Since you have a high end motherboard you may just want to change your CPU from the Pentium to a higher spec 7th gen i5 or an i7 (used) and replace the video card so you don't need to change the motherboard as well again. Changing the motherboard and cooler while leaving the CPU the same was not a good move, a motherboard does almost nothing for the speed of the system unless you are pushing the thing with overclocking.