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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Sandy Bridge Yonah
MoBo Socket BGA 1023 Socket 478/Socket N
Notebook CPU yes yes
Release Date 01 Jan 2012 01 May 2006
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores 2 2
Clock Speed 1.3 GHz 1.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
Max TDP 17 W 31 W
Lithography 32 nm 65 nm
Bit Width - -
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB 64 KB
L2 Cache Size 512 KB 2048 KB
L3 Cache Size 2 MB -
Memory Types
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Sandy Bridge is the codename for a microarchitecture developed by Intel beginning in 2005 for central processing units in computers to replace the Nehalem microarchitecture. Intel demonstrated a Sandy Bridge processor in 2009, and released first products based on the architecture in January 2011 under the Core brand. Core 2 is a brand encompassing a range of Intel's consumer 64-bit x86-64 single-, dual-, and quad-core microprocessors based on the Core microarchitecture. The single- and dual-core models are single-die, whereas the quad-core models comprise two dies, each containing two cores, packaged in a multi-chip module. The introduction of Core 2 relegated the Pentium brand to the mid-range market, and reunified laptop and desktop CPU lines, which previously had been divided into the Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Pentium M brands.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Core 2 Duo T2050 1.6GHz 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.

Both the Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz and the Core 2 Duo T2050 1.6GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

{ The Celeron Dual-Core 867 and the Core 2 Duo 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, theCeleron Dual-Core 867 and the Core 2 Duo 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 867 and Core 2 Duo 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 Core 2 Duo 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. 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 <span class='gpu2Mention'>Core 2 Duo</span> has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Celeron Dual-Core 867</span>, and although the Core 2 Duo 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.