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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Celeron G1850 2.9GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 46% 181%
Hitman 3 97% 279%
Resident Evil 8 62% 213%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 97% 279%
FIFA 21 37% 163%
Grand Theft Auto VI 140% 363%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 41% 173%
Genshin Impact 11% 113%
Far Cry 6 130% 344%
The Medium 151% 383%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz is massively better than the Intel Celeron G1850 2.9GHz 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 Core i3-4160 3.6GHz was released less than a year after the Celeron G1850 2.9GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i3-4160 3.6GHz and the Celeron G1850 2.9GHz 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 Core i3-4160 3.6GHz and the Celeron G1850 2.9GHz 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 Core i3-4160 3.6GHz and the Celeron G1850 2.9GHz 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 Core i3-4160 3.6GHz manages to provide significantly better performance than the Celeron G1850 2.9GHz.

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 i3-4160 3.6GHz and the Celeron G1850 2.9GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i3-4160 3.6GHz has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Celeron G1850 2.9GHz.

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 G1850 2.9GHz has a 1 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-4160 3.6GHz (though they were created with the same size 22 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Celeron G1850 2.9GHz 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).

The Core i3-4160 3.6GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Celeron G1850 2.9GHz, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 4400 Desktop, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellHaswell
MoBo SocketLGA 1150LGA 1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date20 Jul 201414 May 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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Max TDP54 Wvs53 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i3-4160 3.6GHz is a middle-class CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.6GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and HyperThreading are activated.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4400, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 54W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
Celeron G1830 2.8GHz is a budget dual Core Processor based on the 22nm Haswell architecture.
It succeeds the Ivy Bridge Celeron G1630 Dual-Core 2.8GHz and against it, it remains within the same TDP and it offers superior CPU performance though the integrated graphics are still weak, very weak actually and doomed as soon as they start to run any 3D game.