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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium N3520 2.16GHz Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 388% 608%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 556% 854%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 372% 587%
FIFA 21 356% 563%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 452% 703%
Watch Dogs Legion 556% 854%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 658% 1001%
Grand Theft Auto VI 701% 1064%
Genshin Impact 269% 436%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 452% 703%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium N3520 2.16GHz 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 N3520 2.16GHz was released over a year more recently than the Celeron Dual-Core 867, and so the Pentium N3520 2.16GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Pentium N3520 2.16GHz has 2 more cores than the Celeron Dual-Core 867. With 4 cores, the Pentium N3520 2.16GHz is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 N3520 2.16GHz 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 N3520 2.16GHz has a 0.86 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 Pentium N3520 2.16GHz 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 N3520 2.16GHz has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron Dual-Core 867, and although the Pentium N3520 2.16GHz 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 Pentium N3520 2.16GHz has a 9 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 N3520 2.16GHz 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 CodenameBay Trail-MSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA 1170BGA 1023
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date03 Nov 201301 Jan 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed2.16 GHzvs1.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.42 GHzvs-
Max TDP8 Wvs17 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size224 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs2 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium N3520 2.16GHz is an energy efficient quad core mobile processor, based on the 22nm Silvermont architecture.
The Pentium N3520 2.16GHz offers 4-Cores, clocked at 2.16GHz and weak integrated graphics.
The Pentium N3520 2.16GHz does not offer the the multi-threading technology but it offers the Turbo Boost technology which raises its clock speed to up to 2.42 GHz.
Still, its TDP is of only around 8 Watts and its performance is quite far from Intel's Core i3 Series.
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.