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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 240% 360%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 357% 519%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 229% 345%
FIFA 21 218% 330%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 285% 421%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 428% 615%
Watch Dogs Legion 357% 519%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 285% 421%
Grand Theft Auto VI 458% 655%
Genshin Impact 157% 248%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz 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 i3-4100U 1.8GHz was released over a year more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz and the Pentium Dual Core 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, the Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz and the Pentium Dual Core 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 Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz and Pentium Dual Core 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 Dual Core 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 Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz and the Pentium Dual Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Pentium Dual Core.

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 i3-4100U 1.8GHz has a 20 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz 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).

The Core i3-4100U 1.8GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Pentium Dual Core, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 4400 Mobile, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGA 1168rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date02 Jun 201315 May 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed1.8 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP15 Wvs35 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs2 MB
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400 Mobileno
Base GPU Frequency200 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1100 MHzvs-
DirectX11.1vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewHaswell (formerly known as Rockwell) is the codename for a processor microarchitecture developed by Intel as the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture. It uses the 22 nm process Intel officially announced CPUs with this microarchitecture on June 4, 2013 at Computex Taipei 2013. With Haswell, Intel introduced a low-power processor designed for convertible or 'hybrid' Ultrabooks, having the Y suffix.Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz is an entry-level CPU part of the Pentium Dual Core Series release by Intel.
It's based on the Sandy Bridge architecture but many of the special technologies are deactivated and has 2 cores, whereas each core only has one thread.
The performance is average and enough to play Very Demanding games smoothly, at least with medium detail.