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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A6-9550 4-Core 3.8GHz Celeron G4900 3.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 135% 131%
Hitman 3 217% 211%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 217% 211%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 128% 124%
FIFA 21 120% 116%
Grand Theft Auto VI 287% 279%
Far Cry 6 271% 264%
Genshin Impact 78% 75%
Battlefield 6 229% 223%
Resident Evil 8 161% 156%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron G4900 3.1GHz is marginally better than the AMD APU A6-9550 4-Core 3.8GHz 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 APU A6-9550 4-Core was released over a year more recently than the Celeron G4900 3.1GHz, and so the APU A6-9550 4-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The APU A6-9550 4-Core and the Celeron G4900 3.1GHz 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 APU A6-9550 4-Core and the Celeron G4900 3.1GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the AMD APU A6-9550 4-Core 3.8GHz and the Intel Celeron G4900 3.1GHz have the same number of threads. 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 APU A6-9550 4-Core and Celeron G4900 3.1GHz 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 APU A6-9550 4-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 .

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 A6-9550 4-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron G4900 3.1GHz, and although the APU A6-9550 4-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 G4900 3.1GHz has a 14 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A6-9550 4-Core, and was created with a 28 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron G4900 3.1GHz 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 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 APU A6-9550 4-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 CodenameBristol RidgeCoffee Lake
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Jul 202026 Feb 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs2
Clock Speed3.8 GHzvs3.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs-
Max TDP65 Wvs51 W
Lithography28 nmvs-
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size160 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs2 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 610
Base GPU Frequency-vs350 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1050 MHz
DirectX-vs12.0
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Revision-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD APU A6-9550 4-Core 3.8GHz is a budget APU based on AMD's 28nm Excavator microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical) initially clocked at 3.8GHz, rising to 4.0GHz in boost mode. It has an unlocked multiplier and therefore can overclocked using traditional methods. It has 1MB of L2 Cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 65W, making it an averagely power efficient CPU. Among its many features are Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. The APU A6-9550 4-Core 3.8GHz features integrated Radeon R5 3rd Gen GCN graphics with 384 Shaders and a base clock speed of 1,029MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that will struggle to run any modern game at 720p.The 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).