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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron M 450 2.0GHz Core 2 Solo U2100 1.07GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 1683% 2872%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2301% 3901%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1628% 2780%
Watch Dogs Legion 2301% 3901%
FIFA 21 1568% 2680%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1920% 3266%
Godfall 3344% 5639%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2831% 4784%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2672% 4520%
Genshin Impact 1250% 2150%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron M 450 2.0GHz is very slightly better than the Intel Core 2 Solo U2100 1.07GHz 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 Core 2 Solo was released less than a year after the Celeron M 450, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when 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 M 450 and the Core 2 Solo 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 M 450 and the Core 2 Solo 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 M 450 and Core 2 Solo 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 M 450 has a 0.933 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 probably a good indicator that the is superior.

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 M 450 and the Core 2 Solo have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. They even have the same L1 cache size, so are identical in terms of cache size.

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 Core 2 Solo has a 21 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron M 450 (though they were created with the same size 65 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core 2 Solo will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameYonahMerom
MoBo SocketSocket MSocket 479
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Oct 200605 Sep 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed2 GHzvs1.067 GHz
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System Bus 533 MHzvs-
Max TDP27 Wvs6 W
Lithography65 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width32 Bitvs-
Voltage Range1.0V-1.3V KBvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size64 KBvs64 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. [Please be aware that GD data is constantly refined as more information and reports are made available.]Merom is the code name for various Intel processors that are sold as Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Solo, Pentium Dual-Core and Celeron. It was the first mobile processor to be based on the Core microarchitecture, replacing the Enhanced Pentium M based Yonah processor. Merom has product code 80537, which is shared with Merom-2M and Merom-L that are very similar but have a smaller L2 cache. Merom-L has only one processor core and a different CPUID model. The desktop version of Merom is Conroe and the dual-socket server version is Woodcrest. Merom has subsequently been replaced by Penryn.