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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Core i3-3240 3.4GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 252% 64%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 374% 121%
Genshin Impact 167% 24%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 360% 115%
eFootball PES 2021 279% 77%
FIFA 21 229% 54%
Marvel's Avengers 360% 115%
Watch Dogs Legion 374% 121%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 279% 77%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 299% 86%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz is massively 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 less than a year after the Core i3-3240 3.4GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Celeron G1610 2.6GHz and the Core i3-3240 3.4GHz both have 2 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 G1610 2.6GHz and the Core i3-3240 3.4GHz 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 G1610 2.6GHz and the Core i3-3240 3.4GHz are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.8 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i3-3240 3.4GHz manages to provide significantly better performance than the Celeron G1610 2.6GHz.

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 Celeron G1610 2.6GHz and the Core i3-3240 3.4GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i3-3240 3.4GHz has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Celeron G1610 2.6GHz.

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.

Both the Celeron G1610 2.6GHz and the Core i3-3240 3.4GHz have the same TDP of 55 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 22 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Core i3-3240 3.4GHz 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 Intel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop, 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 BridgeIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2LGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date20 Jan 201301 Sep 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads-vs4
Clock Speed2.6 GHzvs3.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP55 Wvs55 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width-vs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs65°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency-vs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs11
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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).
Core i3-3240 3.4GHz is a middle-class CPU based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.4GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and HyperThreading are activated.

The processor integrates relatively weak Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 2500, with 6 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 55W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.