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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron D 320 Athlon XP 2700+
Cyberpunk 2077 3684% 2151%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4994% 2931%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3566% 2082%
Watch Dogs Legion 4994% 2931%
FIFA 21 3439% 2006%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4186% 2450%
Godfall 7207% 4248%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6118% 3600%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 5782% 3400%
Genshin Impact 2765% 1605%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon XP 2700+ is marginally better than the Intel Celeron D 320 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 D 320 was released over a year more recently than the Athlon XP 2700+, and so the Celeron D 320 is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful CPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The Celeron D 320 and the Athlon XP 2700+ both have 1 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 D 320 and the Athlon XP 2700+ 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 D 320 and Athlon XP 2700+ 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 D 320 has a 0.24 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 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 XP 2700+ has a 5 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron D 320. However, the Celeron D 320 was created with a 130 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Celeron D 320 and the Athlon XP 2700+ would appear to produce roughly the same amount of heat, and consume about the same amount of power.

CPU Core Details

CPU Codename-Thoroughbred (Model 8)
MoBo SocketSocket 478/Socket NSocket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Jun 200401 Oct 2002
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs2.16 GHz
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Max TDP73 Wvs68 W
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size-vs128 KB
L2 Cache Size-vs256 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCeleron D 320 is a cheap CPU with very limited performance (only one core) and high power consumption.
The performance isn't enough to play most of today's games at decent settings.
The Athlon made its debut on June 23, 1999. Athlon is the ancient Greek word for Champion/trophy of the games.
Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of x86-compatible microprocessors designed and manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The original Athlon (now called Athlon Classic) was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and retained the initial performance lead it had over Intel's competing processors for a significant period of time. The original Athlon also had the distinction of being the first desktop processor to reach speeds of one gigahertz (GHz). AMD has continued using the Athlon name with the Athlon 64, an eighth-generation processor featuring x86-64 (later renamed AMD64) architecture, and the Athlon II.