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Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron G1630 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz
Hitman 3 320% 232%
Cyberpunk 2077 212% 147%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 320% 232%
Resident Evil 8 246% 174%
FIFA 21 192% 131%
Grand Theft Auto VI 412% 306%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 202% 139%
Genshin Impact 136% 87%
Far Cry 6 392% 290%
The Medium 435% 324%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Celeron G1630 2.8GHz 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 G1630 2.8GHz was released over three years more recently than the Core 2 Duo, and so the Celeron G1630 2.8GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core 2 Duo when running the latest games.

The Celeron G1630 2.8GHz and the Core 2 Duo 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 Celeron G1630 2.8GHz and the Core 2 Duo may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the Intel Celeron G1630 2.8GHz and the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 G1630 2.8GHz and Core 2 Duo 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 Core 2 Duo has a 0.36 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 Core 2 Duo has a 5632 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron G1630 2.8GHz, and although the Core 2 Duo does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it 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 G1630 2.8GHz has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core 2 Duo, and was created with a 23 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron G1630 2.8GHz 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 CodenameIvy BridgeWolfdale
MoBo SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2LGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Sep 201310 Aug 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs2
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs3.16 GHz
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System Bus -vs1333 MHz
Max TDP55 Wvs65 W
Lithography22 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs6144 KB
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L3 Cache Size2 MBvs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCeleron G1630 2.8GHz is a budget CPU based on the 22nm Ivy Bridge micro-architecture with many of its features disabled, including Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading.
It offers 2 Cores, clocked at 2.8GHz and integrated graphics clocked at 650MHz (1.05GHz in Turbo Mode) and the memory controller supports DDR3-1333. It's expected to consume up to 55 Watt and offers 2MB of L3 Cache.
Its gaming performance is relatively average and on level with previous Sandy Bridge based dual-core CPUs (Core i3).
Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz is a middle-class Processor based on the 45nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 3.16GHz and 6MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. It will therefore become a bottleneck in today's demanding games.