One Of The Best Budget CPUs This Generation, The G4560, Might Be Taken Down By Intel To Force Core i3 Sales

The PC market is largely dominated by Intel CPUs. With Intel taking over AMD for almost a decade, Intel has built a large user base with Intel holding onto 80% of the total market share according to Steam’s hardware survey.

UPDATE: Intel says that the G4560 is here to stay! “There is no change to the Intel Pentium products. We continue to offer the Intel Pentium SKU [G4560]. – reported PC Gamer

With the launch of Ryzen a few months ago, Intel has been taken by storm. AMD’s Ryzen lineup consists of three main categories, the Ryzen 3, 5 and 7. As of now, AMD’s Ryzen 7 and 5 CPUs have made it into the wild and have proven to be very successful for AMD. What’s left is to see how well AMD’s Ryzen 3 CPUs perform once they launch later this year.

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With AMD’s Ryzen 3 being absent on the attendance sheet, Intel has a strong hold of the entry-level or budget-conscious gamer with their Core i3 range of CPUs. With the launch of Intel’s Kaby Lake CPUs, not only did Intel launch an overclockable i3, but also launched a successor to the legendary Pentium G3258. The Pentium G3258 was a huge hit for Intel with gamers trying to get their hands on one. With its strong single-core performance along with the ability to overclock like a champ at $65, the G3258 was indeed an excellent CPU from Intel.

With Kaby Lake, Intel’s plans made an unusual turn. The Pentium G4560 became an excellent choice for gamers since it was a champ of a performer at half the price of Intel’s Core i3 CPUs. At $65, not only did you get 80%~ of Intel’s Core i3 performance, but it also had the power of Intel’s hyper-threading technology that was exclusive to Intel’s Core i3 and i7 series of CPUs. Being a $65 back at its launch, and is now at almost $80, things aren’t going very well.

At tech blog called Digiworthy claims that Intel could limiting the production of the G4560 so that users may go for a Core i3 CPU instead. Of course Intel wouldn’t completely kill it off immediately. Everyone knows how the community would react to that. Thanks to the 2 core/4 threads, the CPU is simply a champ when it comes to temperatures as well. Above, Digital Foundry explores how the G4560 stacks up to Intel’s competition.

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