AMD Athlon X4 845 Benchmarks Surface; Beats Intel Pentium G4400 in both Gaming and Apps Tests
Back in February, AMD introduced a new processor for desktop Socket FM2+, called the Athlon X4 845. Like the Carrizo APU lineup, the CPU features four Excavator cores, which are all clocked at 3.5GHz base and 3.8GHz boost speeds. The X4 845 lacks on-board graphics capabilities, but it’s pretty affordable at a suggested price of around $70.
What’s more interesting is that Athlon X4 845 comes with a “quiet 95W thermal solution,” which uses a Wraith-inspired fan and a couple heatpipes to deliver performance that AMD describes as “similar” to the Wraith.
On the downside though, the chip only offers eight PCIe 3.0 lanes direct from the processor, but it shouldn’t be an issue for the kinds of value-oriented system builds AMD is targeting with this part.
AMD Athlon X4 845 Benchmarks
That being said, folks over at PCGH recently put AMD Athlon X4 845 to test to examine whether the US $70 model is competitive in the low price segment. The CPU is benchmarked against a variety of Intel and AMD’s own processors in a number of different games and applications.
AMD Athlon X4 845 Gaming
AMD Athlon X4 845 Applications
In terms of performance, Athlon X4 845 fares pretty well against Intel’s expensive Pentium G4400 chip, in both the games as well as applications. Speaking of applications, Blender 2.76 and Adobe Lightroom are the two exceptions where the Pentium G4400 has a comparatively high proportion of single-threaded tasks.
In games, the results are somewhat mixed, with Anno, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Starcraft 2 running faster on the Pentium G, while Crysis 3, F1 2015 and The Witcher 3 on the Athlon X4 845. Games like Dragon Age Inquisition and Far Cry 4 however, can’t be run on dual-core Pentium G.
To conclude, AMD Athlon X4 845 performs exceptionally well, delivering more value for money than does its Intel counterpart – thanks to the four Excavator cores.
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