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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron M ULV 353 900MHz Pentium 4 Mobile 2.8GHz
Hitman 3 4951% 3404%
Cyberpunk 2077 3652% 2503%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4951% 3404%
FIFA 21 3409% 2334%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6067% 4177%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3536% 2422%
Resident Evil 8 4067% 2790%
Genshin Impact 2741% 1871%
Far Cry 6 5819% 4006%
The Medium 6338% 4365%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium 4 Mobile 2.8GHz is marginally better than the Intel Celeron M ULV 353 900MHz 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 M ULV was released over three years more recently than the Pentium 4 Mobile, and so the Celeron M ULV is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium 4 Mobile 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 M ULV and the Pentium 4 Mobile 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 M ULV and the Pentium 4 Mobile 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 M ULV and Pentium 4 Mobile 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 Pentium 4 Mobile has a 1.9 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 Pentium 4 Mobile has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron M ULV, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Pentium 4 Mobile wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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 M ULV has a 83 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 4 Mobile (though they were created with the same size 90 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Celeron M ULV will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU Codename-Prescott
MoBo SocketSocket 956Socket 478/Socket N
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date09 Jan 201101 Jun 2004
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed0.9 GHzvs2.8 GHz
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System Bus 400 MHzvs-
Max TDP5 Wvs88 W
Lithography90 nmvs90 nm
Bit Width32 Bitvs-
Voltage Range0.940V KBvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size-vs16 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1024 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPenryn is the code name of a processor from Intel that is sold in varying configurations as Core 2 Solo, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Pentium and Celeron. During development, Penryn was the Intel code name for the 2007/2008 "Tick" of Intel's Tick-Tock cycle which shrunk Merom to 45 nanometers as CPUID model 23. The term Penryn is sometimes used to refer to all 45 nm chips with the Core architecture. Chips with Penryn architecture come in two sizes, with 6 MiB and 3 MiB L2 cache. Low power versions of Penryn are known as the Penryn processor. The smaller version is commonly called Penryn-3M and is used for the single-core processors. The Penryn-QC quad-cores are made from two chips with two cores and 6 MB of cache per chip. The desktop version of Penryn is Wolfdale and the dual-socket server version is Wolfdale-DP. Penryn-QC is related to Yorkfield on the desktop and Harpertown in servers. The MP server Dunnington chip is a more distant relative based on a different chip but using the same 45 nm Core microarchitecture.The Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor was released to address the problem of putting a full desktop Pentium 4 processor into a laptop, which some manufacturers were doing. The Mobile Pentium 4 used a 533 MHz FSB, following the desktop Pentium 4's evolution. Oddly, increasing the bus speed by 133 MHz (33 MHz core) caused a massive increase in TDPs, as mobile Pentium 4 processors gave off 59.8 W - 70 W of heat, with the Hyper-Threading variants giving off 66.1 W - 88 W. This allowed the mobile Pentium 4 to bridge the gap between the desktop Pentium 4 (giving off 115 W maximum), and the Pentium 4-M (giving off 35 W maximum).