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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron N3150 1.6GHz Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 430% 252%
Hitman 3 613% 374%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 613% 374%
The Medium 809% 504%
Resident Evil 8 488% 291%
FIFA 21 395% 229%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 413% 241%
Grand Theft Auto VI 771% 478%
Genshin Impact 301% 166%
Far Cry 6 736% 455%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz is significantly better than the Intel Celeron N3150 1.6GHz 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 N3150 1.6GHz was released over a year more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the Celeron N3150 1.6GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Celeron N3150 1.6GHz has 2 more cores than the Pentium Dual Core. With 4 cores, the Celeron N3150 1.6GHz 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 Celeron N3150 1.6GHz and Pentium Dual Core 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 0.7 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 Celeron N3150 1.6GHz.

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 Celeron N3150 1.6GHz has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, and although the Celeron N3150 1.6GHz 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 N3150 1.6GHz has a 31 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron N3150 1.6GHz will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameBraswellHaswell
MoBo SocketBGASocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Mar 201501 Oct 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed1.6 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.08 GHzvs-
Max TDP6 Wvs37 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature90°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel Celeron N3150 is a low profile mobile Quad Core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with turbo boost up to 2.08 GHz. It has 14 nm lithography and extremely low TDP of 6 watts. It is paired with Intel HD Graphics (Haswell) whose base clock is 350 MHz. Expect only older games to run smoothly on reduced settings. 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.