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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 252% 447%
Hitman 3 374% 637%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 374% 637%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 241% 430%
FIFA 21 229% 412%
Grand Theft Auto VI 478% 800%
Far Cry 6 455% 764%
Genshin Impact 166% 314%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 447% 751%
Battlefield 6 392% 666%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz is significantly better than the Intel Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz 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 2981U 1.6GHz was released less than a year after the Pentium Dual Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Pentium Dual Core and the Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core and the Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz 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 Dual Core and the Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz 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 0.7 GHz faster base clock rate, the Pentium Dual Core manages to provide significantly better performance than the Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz.

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 Pentium Dual Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz, but on the other hand, it is the Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz that has a 2046 MB bigger L3 cache than the Pentium Dual Core. The L3 size of the Pentium Dual Core is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz.

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.

The Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz has a 22 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core (though they were created with the same size 22 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz 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 CodenameHaswellHaswell
MoBo SocketSocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947BGA 1168
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Oct 201301 Dec 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs1.6 GHz
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Max TDP37 Wvs15 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs2048 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz is a budget processor, part of the Haswell Refresh CPUs released in April of 2014.
Based on 22nm architecture, the Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz has many of the Haswell features disabled, including Hyper and Multi Treading. The Processor should not consume more than 37 Watts.
This CPU is clocked at 2.3GHz and comes with a weak Intel HD (Haswell) mobile chip which raises to 1100MHz in Turbo Mode and will only be seen in smaller cheaper notebooks.
Its performance is average and will only provide modest gaming though most modern demanding games will run fluently.
Celeron 2981U 1.6GHz is an ULV Mobile Processor based on the 22nm Haswell architecture.
It's configuration is similar to the mobile Core i-Series but many features like Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, AVX and AES-NI are deactivated.
As a result, the processor's performance is significantly reduced.
Expect only to run modest 3D games smoothly. Its integrated graphics are very weak and will not run most of today's demanding games.