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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 397% 608%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 569% 854%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 382% 587%
Watch Dogs Legion 569% 854%
Godfall 860% 1268%
FIFA 21 365% 563%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 463% 703%
Grand Theft Auto VI 717% 1064%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 673% 1001%
Genshin Impact 276% 436%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz 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 3215U 1.7GHz was released over three years more recently than the Celeron Dual-Core 867, and so the Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Celeron Dual-Core 867 when running the latest games.

The Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz and the Celeron Dual-Core 867 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 3215U 1.7GHz and the Celeron Dual-Core 867 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 3215U 1.7GHz and Celeron Dual-Core 867 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 3215U 1.7GHz has a 0.4 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 .

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 3215U 1.7GHz and the Celeron Dual-Core 867 have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, the two CPUs are too similar to judge.

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 3215U 1.7GHz has a 2 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron Dual-Core 867, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz 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 Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz 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 Dual-Core 867, 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 Mobile (Broadwell), 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 CodenameBroadwellSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA 1168BGA 1023
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Mar 201501 Jan 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed1.7 GHzvs1.3 GHz
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Max TDP15 Wvs17 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature105°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs2 MB
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics Mobile (Broadwell)no
Base GPU Frequency-vs-
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DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz is a budget, low-performance mobile processor based on the 14nm Broadwell microarchitecture. In released during the second quarter of 2015. It comes packing 2 physical cores (2 threads) clocked at 1.50GHz. It does not utilize Intel's HyperThreading technology and does not have a Turbo clock frequency. It's L1, L2 and L3 cache are of 128 KB, 512 KB and 2 MB respectively. It integrates the weak Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell) clocked at 300MHz base clock and 850MHz boost clock, and has a TDP of 15W.Sandy Bridge is the codename for a microarchitecture developed by Intel beginning in 2005 for central processing units in computers to replace the Nehalem microarchitecture. Intel demonstrated a Sandy Bridge processor in 2009, and released first products based on the architecture in January 2011 under the Core brand.