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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron D 320 Pentium 4 3.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 3684% 2174%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4994% 2961%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3566% 2104%
FIFA 21 3439% 2027%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4186% 2476%
Watch Dogs Legion 4994% 2961%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 5782% 3435%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 4186% 2476%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6118% 3637%
Genshin Impact 2765% 1622%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz 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 Pentium 4 3.06GHz, 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 Pentium 4 3.06GHz 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 Pentium 4 3.06GHz 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 Pentium 4 3.06GHz 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 Pentium 4 3.06GHz has a 0.66 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 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 D 320 has a 9 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium 4 3.06GHz, and was created with a 130 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron D 320 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU Codename-Northwood
MoBo SocketSocket 478/Socket NSocket 478/Socket N
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Jun 200414 Nov 2002
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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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 Pentium 4 brand refers to Intel's line of single-core desktop and laptop central processing units (CPUs) introduced on November 20, 2000 and shipped through August 8, 2008. They had the 7th-generation x86 microarchitecture, called NetBurst, which was the company's first all-new design since introduction of P6 microarchitecture of the Pentium Pro CPUs in 1995. NetBurst differed from the preceding P6 (Pentium III, II, etc.) by featuring a very deep instruction pipeline to achieve very high clock speeds (up to 3.8 GHz) limited only by TDPs reaching up to 115 W in 3.4 GHz ?3.8 GHz Prescott and Prescotts 2M cores . In 2004, the initial 32-bit x86 instruction set of the Pentium 4 microprocessors was extended by the 64-bit x86-64 set.