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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron G4930 2-Core 3.2GHz APU A6-3500 Triple-Core
Cyberpunk 2077 118% 167%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 194% 259%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 112% 158%
Grand Theft Auto VI 259% 338%
FIFA 21 104% 149%
Genshin Impact 65% 102%
Far Cry 6 244% 321%
Hitman 3 194% 259%
Watch Dogs Legion 194% 259%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 239% 314%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron G4930 2-Core 3.2GHz is noticeably better than the AMD APU A6-3500 Triple-Core 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 G4930 2-Core was released over three years more recently than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core, and so the Celeron G4930 2-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core when running the latest games.

The APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has 1 more core than the Celeron G4930 2-Core. However, while the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core will probably perform better than the Celeron G4930 2-Core, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. This should not affect games that are a few years old, and even the latest games should at least be playable on very low settings, as only recently have game developers begun to harness the power of multiple cores.

The APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has 1 more threads than the Celeron G4930 2-Core. 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 G4930 2-Core and APU A6-3500 Triple-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 G4930 2-Core has a 1.1 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 APU A6-3500 Triple-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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core has a 2560 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron G4930 2-Core, and although the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core 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 G4930 2-Core has a 11 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A6-3500 Triple-Core, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron G4930 2-Core 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 APU A6-3500 Triple-Core 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 G4930 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 Radeon HD 6530D, 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 Lake SLlano
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket FM1
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Mar 201908 Aug 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs3
CPU Threads2vs3
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.2 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Max TDP54 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size64 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs3072 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs-
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 6530D
Base GPU Frequency-vs443 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs11
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Celeron G4930 2-Core 3.2GHzz is a budget CPU based on the 14nm Coffee Lake S micro-architecture with many of its features disabled, including Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading. It offers 2 Cores, clocked at 3.3GHz and Intel UHD 610 integrated graphics clocked at 300MHz (1110MHz in Turbo Mode) and the memory controller supports DDR4-2400. It's expected to consume up to 54 Watts and offers 2MB of L3 Cache. Its gaming performance is relatively average and on a level with previous Kaby Lake-based dual-core CPUs (Core i3).APU A6-3500 Triple-Core is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Lynx architecture.

It offers 3 Physical Cores (3 Logical), initially clocked at 2.1GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz and 3MB of L2 Cache.

The processor integrates average Graphics called Radeon HD 6530D, with 320 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 443MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.

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