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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron G4900 3.1GHz Core i3-7100 2-Core 3.9GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 223% 90%
Hyper Scape 162% 54%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 223% 90%
Far Cry 6 264% 115%
Valorant 55% 9%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 162% 54%
Watch Dogs Legion 156% 51%
Death Stranding 182% 66%
Grand Theft Auto VI 279% 124%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 162% 54%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-7100 2-Core 3.9GHz is massively better than the Intel Celeron G4900 3.1GHz 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 G4900 3.1GHz was released over three years more recently than the Core i3-7100 2-Core, and so the Celeron G4900 3.1GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i3-7100 2-Core when running the latest games.

The Celeron G4900 3.1GHz and the Core i3-7100 2-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 G4900 3.1GHz and the Core i3-7100 2-Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

The Core i3-7100 2-Core has 2 more threads than the Celeron G4900 3.1GHz. The Celeron G4900 3.1GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i3-7100 2-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads 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 G4900 3.1GHz and Core i3-7100 2-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 Core i3-7100 2-Core has a 0.8 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 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 Celeron G4900 3.1GHz and the Core i3-7100 2-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i3-7100 2-Core has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Celeron G4900 3.1GHz.

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 G4900 3.1GHz and the Core i3-7100 2-Core have the same TDP of 51 Watts, but the Celeron G4900 3.1GHz has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The Celeron G4900 3.1GHz 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 Core i3-7100 2-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 LakeKaby Lake
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date26 Feb 201830 Nov -0001
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs4
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs3.9 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP51 Wvs51 W
Lithography-vs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs64 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
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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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Celeron G4900 3.1GHz 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 3.1GHz 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).The Core i3-7100 2-Core 3.9GHz is a high-end CPU based on Intel's 7th Gen 14nm, Kaby Lake microarchitecture. It offers 2 physical cores (4 logical), clocked at 3.9GHz. It doesn't have an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 3MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 51W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Intel Enhanced Speedstep, HyperThreading and Virtualization are activated. Turbo Boost is not activated. It integrates Intel HD Graphics 630 on board. It has a base frequency of 350MHz which can go up to 1GHz as well as offer DirectX 12 support. This CPU is likely to offer good computational performance but may suffer from performance dips on higher resolutions and demanding applications.