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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium Dual Core 3558U 1.7GHz Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 382% 608%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 549% 854%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 367% 587%
FIFA 21 351% 563%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 446% 703%
Watch Dogs Legion 549% 854%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 650% 1001%
Grand Theft Auto VI 693% 1064%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 446% 703%
Genshin Impact 265% 436%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3558U 1.7GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core was released over a year more recently than the Celeron Dual-Core 867, and so the Pentium Dual Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Pentium Dual Core and the Celeron Dual-Core 867 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 Dual-Core 867 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 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 0.4 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron Dual-Core 867, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Pentium Dual Core 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 Pentium Dual Core has a 2 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron Dual-Core 867, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium Dual Core 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 CodenameHaswellSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA 1168BGA 1023
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Jan 201401 Jan 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed1.7 GHzvs1.3 GHz
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Max TDP15 Wvs17 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs2 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewHaswell is the codename for a processor microarchitecture developed by Intel as the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture. It uses the 22 nm process. Intel officially announced CPUs with this microarchitecture on June 4, 2013 at Computex Taipei 2013. With Haswell, Intel introduced a low-power processor designed for convertible or 'hybrid' Ultrabooks, having the Y suffix. Intel demonstrated a working Haswell chip at the 2011 Intel Developer Forum.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.