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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 272% 252%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 401% 374%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 261% 241%
FIFA 21 248% 229%
Grand Theft Auto VI 512% 478%
Hitman 3 401% 374%
Genshin Impact 182% 166%
Far Cry 6 487% 455%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 479% 447%
Watch Dogs Legion 401% 374%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz is marginally better than the Intel Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz 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 2970M 2.2GHz 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 Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz and the Pentium Dual Core 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 2970M 2.2GHz and the Pentium Dual Core 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 2970M 2.2GHz and the Pentium Dual Core 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 0.1 GHz faster base clock rate, the Pentium Dual Core manages to provide marginally better performance than the Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz.

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 2970M 2.2GHz, 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.

Both the Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz and the Pentium Dual Core have the same TDP of 37 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 22 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellHaswell
MoBo SocketSocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947Socket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date14 Apr 201401 Oct 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs2.3 GHz
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Max TDP37 Wvs37 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs2 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCeleron 2970M 2.2GHz is a very cheap processor, part of the Haswell Refresh CPUs released in April of 2014..
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 modern 3D games smoothly at modest settings. However, its integrated graphics are relatively weak and might not run most of today's demanding games.
Pentium 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.