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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Sempron M120 Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 1232% 608%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1693% 854%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1191% 587%
FIFA 21 1146% 563%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1409% 703%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1971% 1001%
Watch Dogs Legion 1693% 854%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1409% 703%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2089% 1064%
Genshin Impact 909% 436%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz is noticeably better than the AMD Sempron M120 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 Dual-Core 867 was released less than a year after the Sempron M120, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Celeron Dual-Core 867 has 1 more core than the Sempron M120. However, while the Celeron Dual-Core 867 will probably perform better than the Sempron M120, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 Sempron M120 and Celeron Dual-Core 867 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 Sempron M120 has a 0.8 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 Celeron Dual-Core 867 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 Sempron M120 and the Celeron Dual-Core 867 have the same L2 cache size, but the Sempron M120 does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Celeron Dual-Core 867 definitely 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 Dual-Core 867 has a 8 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Sempron M120, and was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron Dual-Core 867 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCaspianSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket S1g3BGA 1023
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date10 Sep 200901 Jan 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs2
Clock Speed2.1 GHzvs1.3 GHz
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Max TDP25 Wvs17 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewSempron has been the marketing name used by AMD for several different budget desktop CPUs, using several different technologies and CPU socket formats. The Sempron replaced the AMD Duron processor and competes against Intel's Celeron series of processors. AMD coined the name from the Latin semper, which means always, to suggest the Sempron is suitable for daily use, practical, and part of everyday life.Sandy Bridge is the codename for a microarchitecture developed by Intel beginning in 2005 for central processing units in computers to replace the Nehalem microarchitecture. Intel demonstrated a Sandy Bridge processor in 2009, and released first products based on the architecture in January 2011 under the Core brand.