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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron M 450 2.0GHz Celeron M 550 2GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 1683% 1537%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2301% 2104%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1628% 1487%
FIFA 21 1568% 1431%
Watch Dogs Legion 2301% 2104%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1920% 1755%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2672% 2445%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2831% 2591%
Godfall 3344% 3062%
Genshin Impact 1250% 1140%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron M 550 2GHz is marginally better than the Intel Celeron M 450 2.0GHz 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 M 550 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 Celeron M 550 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 Celeron M 550 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 Celeron M 550 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 and the Celeron M 550 both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. 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 Celeron M 450 and the Celeron M 550 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 Celeron M 450 has a 4 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron M 550 (though they were created with the same size 65 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Celeron M 450 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 CodenameYonahMerom
MoBo SocketSocket MSocket P
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Oct 200605 Sep 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores1vs1
Clock Speed2 GHzvs2 GHz
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Max TDP27 Wvs31 W
Lithography65 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width32 Bitvs-
Voltage Range1.0V-1.3V KBvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

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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.]The Celeron brand has been used by Intel for several distinct ranges of x86 CPUs targeted at budget personal computers. Celeron processors can run all IA-32 computer programs, but their performance is somewhat lower when compared to similar CPUs with higher-priced Intel CPU brands. For example, the Celeron brand will often have less cache memory, or have advanced features purposely disabled. These missing features have had a variable impact on performance. In some cases, the effect was significant and in other cases the differences were relatively minor. Many of the Celeron designs have achieved a very high bang for the buck, while at other times, the performance difference has been noticeable. This has been the primary justification for the higher cost of other Intel CPU brands versus the Celeron range.