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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron G4920 3.2GHz Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 122% 125%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 199% 203%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 115% 118%
Watch Dogs Legion 199% 203%
FIFA 21 107% 111%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 151% 155%
Godfall 328% 335%
Grand Theft Auto VI 265% 270%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 245% 250%
Genshin Impact 68% 71%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron G4920 3.2GHz is marginally better than the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition 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 G4920 3.2GHz was released over three years more recently than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and so the Celeron G4920 3.2GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core when running the latest games.

The Phenom 9600 Quad-Core has 2 more cores than the Celeron G4920 3.2GHz. With 4 cores, the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Phenom 9600 Quad-Core has 2 more threads than the Celeron G4920 3.2GHz. 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 G4920 3.2GHz and Phenom 9600 Quad-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 Celeron G4920 3.2GHz has a 0.9 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 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core 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 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron G4920 3.2GHz, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Phenom 9600 Quad-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.

The Celeron G4920 3.2GHz has a 74 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and was created with a 65 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron G4920 3.2GHz 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).

The Celeron G4920 3.2GHz 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 Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, 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 610, 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 CodenameCoffee LakeAgena
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date26 Feb 201827 Mar 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads2vs4
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP51 Wvs125 W
Lithography-vs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs2 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 610
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1050 MHzvs-
DirectX12.0vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Celeron G4920 3.2GHz is a budget CPU based on the 14nm Coffee Lake micro-architecture with many of its features disabled, including Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading. It offers 2 Cores, clocked at 3.2GHz and integrated graphics clocked at 350MHz (1.05GHz in Turbo Mode) and the memory controller supports DDR4-2400. It's expected to consume up to 51 Watts and offers 2MB of L3 Cache. Its gaming performance is relatively average and on a level with previous Broadwell-based dual-core CPUs (Core i3).Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition is a performance processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.3GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated and the processor has unlocked multiplier, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.