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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron G1610 2.6GHz APU A6-3500 Triple-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 252% 167%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 374% 259%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 241% 158%
Grand Theft Auto VI 479% 338%
FIFA 21 229% 149%
Genshin Impact 167% 102%
Far Cry 6 456% 321%
Hitman 3 374% 259%
Watch Dogs Legion 374% 259%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 448% 314%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A6-3500 Triple-Core is significantly better than the Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz 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 G1610 2.6GHz was released over a year more recently than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core, and so the Celeron G1610 2.6GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has 1 more core than the Celeron G1610 2.6GHz. However, while the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core will probably perform better than the Celeron G1610 2.6GHz, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

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 G1610 2.6GHz and APU A6-3500 Triple-Core 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 G1610 2.6GHz has a 0.5 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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core.

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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has a 2560 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron G1610 2.6GHz, and although the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

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 Celeron G1610 2.6GHz has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron G1610 2.6GHz will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Celeron G1610 2.6GHz, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon HD 6530D, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

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 CodenameIvy BridgeLlano
MoBo SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2Socket FM1
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date20 Jan 201308 Aug 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs3
CPU Threads-vs3
Clock Speed2.6 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.4 GHz
Max TDP55 Wvs65 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs3072 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6530D
Base GPU Frequency-vs443 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCeleron G1610 2.6GHz is a budget CPU based on the 22nm Ivy Bridge micro-architecture with many of its features disabled, including Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading.
It offers 2 Cores, clocked at 2.6GHz and integrated graphics clocked at 650MHz (1.05GHz in Turbo Mode) and the memory controller supports DDR3-1333. It's expected to consume up to 55 Watt and offers 2MB of L3 Cache.
Its gaming performance is relatively average and on level with previous Sandy Bridge based dual-core CPUs (Core i3).
APU A6-3500 Triple-Core is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Lynx architecture.

It offers 3 Physical Cores (3 Logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz and 3MB of L2 Cache.

The processor integrates average Graphics called Radeon HD 6530D, with 320 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 443MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.