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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron Dual-Core T3500 Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600
Cyberpunk 2077 514% 502%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 726% 711%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 495% 484%
FIFA 21 474% 463%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 595% 582%
Watch Dogs Legion 726% 711%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 854% 836%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 595% 582%
Grand Theft Auto VI 909% 890%
Genshin Impact 365% 356%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600 is marginally better than the Intel Celeron Dual-Core T3500 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 Dual-Core T3500 was released over a year more recently than the Turion II Ultra, and so the Celeron Dual-Core T3500 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Celeron Dual-Core T3500 and the Turion II Ultra 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 Dual-Core T3500 and the Turion II Ultra 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 Dual-Core T3500 and Turion II Ultra 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 Turion II Ultra has a 0.3 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 Turion II Ultra has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron Dual-Core T3500, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Turion II Ultra 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.

Both the Celeron Dual-Core T3500 and the Turion II Ultra have the same TDP of 35 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 45 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenamePenrynCaspian
MoBo SocketSocket 478/Socket NSocket S1g3
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date26 Sep 201010 Sep 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.1 GHzvs2.4 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography45 nmvs45 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Celeron is a family of microprocessors from Intel targeted at the low-end consumer market. CPUs in the Celeron brand have used designs from sixth- to eighth-generation CPU microarchitectures.Turion II Ultra (codenamed Caspian) is the mobile version of the K10.5 architecture produced using 45 nm fabrication process, also known by its desktop variant Regor. It is a dual core processor, and features clock speeds of 2.4 GHz to 2.7 GHz, 2 MB total L2 cache (1 MB per core), HyperTransport at 3.6 GT/s, and a 128 bit FPU. It maintains a TDP of 35W from its predecessor Turion X2 Ultra (codenamed Griffin).