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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron Dual-Core T3100 Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L325
Cyberpunk 2077 615% 1019%
Hitman 3 862% 1406%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 862% 1406%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 593% 984%
FIFA 21 568% 946%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1075% 1739%
Far Cry 6 1027% 1665%
Genshin Impact 441% 747%
Battlefield 6 900% 1465%
Resident Evil 8 694% 1142%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron Dual-Core T3100 is noticeably better than the AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L325 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 T3100 was released less than a year after the Athlon Neo X2, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Celeron Dual-Core T3100 and the Athlon Neo X2 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 T3100 and the Athlon Neo X2 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 T3100 and Athlon Neo X2 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 Dual-Core T3100 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 Dual-Core T3100 and the Athlon Neo X2 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Athlon Neo X2 has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Celeron Dual-Core T3100, at least 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 Athlon Neo X2 has a 17 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron Dual-Core T3100. However, the Celeron Dual-Core T3100 was created with a 20 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Celeron Dual-Core T3100 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, by quite a wide margin.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenamePenrynConesus
MoBo SocketSocket 479Socket 812
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date09 Jun 200901 Jun 2009
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed1.9 GHzvs1.5 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs18 W
Lithography45 nmvs65 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 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.With 27 mm 27 mm in size and 2.5 mm in thickness, the Athlon Neo processors utilize a new package called "ASB1", essentially a BGA package, for smaller footprint to allow smaller designs for notebooks and lowering the cost. The clock of the processors is significantly lower than desktop and other mobile counterparts to reach a low TDP, at 15W maximum for a single core x86-64 CPU at 1.6 GHz. The Athlon Neo processors are equipped with 512 KB of L2 cache and HyperTransport 1.0 running at 800 MHz frequency.