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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron D 336 Athlon XP 2500+
Cyberpunk 2077 2572% 2308%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3497% 3141%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2489% 2233%
Watch Dogs Legion 3497% 3141%
FIFA 21 2399% 2152%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2927% 2627%
Godfall 5060% 4550%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4292% 3857%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 4054% 3643%
Genshin Impact 1923% 1723%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon XP 2500+ is marginally better than the Intel Celeron D 336 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 Celeron D 336 was released less than a year after the Athlon XP 2500+, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful CPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The Celeron D 336 and the Athlon XP 2500+ both have 1 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Celeron D 336 and the Athlon XP 2500+ may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

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 Celeron D 336 and Athlon XP 2500+ 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 Celeron D 336 has a 0.967 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 probably a good indicator that the is superior.

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 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 Athlon XP 2500+ has a 16 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron D 336. However, the Celeron D 336 was created with a 130 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Celeron D 336 and the Athlon XP 2500+ would appear to produce roughly the same amount of heat, and consume about the same amount of power.

CPU Core Details

CPU Codename-Barton (Model 10)
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TSocket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Jun 200501 Dec 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs1.833 GHz
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Max TDP84 Wvs68 W
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L1 Cache Size-vs128 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs512 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPrescott-256 Celeron D processors, initially launched 25 June 2004, featuring double the L1 cache (16 KB) and L2 cache (256 KB) as compared to the previous Willamette and Northwood desktop Celerons, by virtue of being based on the Prescott Pentium 4 core It also features a 533 MT/s bus and SSE3, and a 3xx model number (compared to 5xx for Pentium 4s and 7xx for Pentium Ms). The Prescott-256 Celeron D was manufactured for Socket 478 and LGA 775, with 3x0 and 3x5 designations from 310 through to 355 at clock speeds of 2.13 GHz to 3.33 GHz.The Athlon made its debut on June 23, 1999. Athlon is the ancient Greek word for Champion/trophy of the games.
Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of x86-compatible microprocessors designed and manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The original Athlon (now called Athlon Classic) was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and retained the initial performance lead it had over Intel's competing processors for a significant period of time. The original Athlon also had the distinction of being the first desktop processor to reach speeds of one gigahertz (GHz). AMD has continued using the Athlon name with the Athlon 64, an eighth-generation processor featuring x86-64 (later renamed AMD64) architecture, and the Athlon II.