Select any two CPUs for comparison
VS

Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium 4 2.26GHz Celeron D 336
Cyberpunk 2077 3867% 2572%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5241% 3497%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3744% 2489%
FIFA 21 3610% 2399%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4393% 2927%
Watch Dogs Legion 5241% 3497%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 6067% 4054%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6420% 4292%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 4393% 2927%
Genshin Impact 2904% 1923%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron D 336 is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 2.26GHz 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 Pentium 4 2.26GHz, 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 Pentium 4 2.26GHz and the Celeron D 336 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 Pentium 4 2.26GHz and the Celeron D 336 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 Pentium 4 2.26GHz and Celeron D 336 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 0.54 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 .

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 Pentium 4 2.26GHz has a 26 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 Pentium 4 2.26GHz and the Celeron D 336 would appear to produce roughly the same amount of heat, and consume about the same amount of power.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameNorthwood-
MoBo SocketSocket 478/Socket NLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date06 May 200227 Jun 2005
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed2.26 GHzvs2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP58 Wvs84 W
Lithography130 nmvs-
Bit Width-vs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size20 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs-
L3 Cache Size-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

Graphicsnono

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIn January 2002 Intel released Pentium 4s with a new core code named "Northwood" at speeds of 1.6 GHz, 1.8 GHz, 2 GHz and 2.2 GHz. Northwood (product code 80532) combined an increase in the L2 cache size from 256 KB to 512 KB (increasing the transistor count from 42 million to 55 million) with a transition to a new 130 nm fabrication process. Making the processor out of smaller transistors means that it can run at higher clock speeds and produce less heat. In the same month boards utilizing the 845 chipset were released with enabled support for DDR SDRAM which provided double the bandwidth of PC133 SDRAM, and alleviated the associated high costs of using Rambus RDRAM for maximal performance with Pentium 4.Prescott-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.