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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A4-1250 Dual-Core Celeron M 550 2GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 1401% 1537%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1921% 2104%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1354% 1487%
Watch Dogs Legion 1921% 2104%
FIFA 21 1304% 1431%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1600% 1755%
Godfall 2798% 3062%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2367% 2591%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2233% 2445%
Genshin Impact 1036% 1140%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A4-1250 Dual-Core is marginally better than the Intel Celeron M 550 2GHz 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 APU A4-1250 Dual-Core was released over three years more recently than the Celeron M 550, and so the APU A4-1250 Dual-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Celeron M 550 when running the latest games.

The APU A4-1250 Dual-Core has 1 more core than the Celeron M 550. However, while the APU A4-1250 Dual-Core will probably perform better than the Celeron M 550, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 APU A4-1250 Dual-Core 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 550 has a 1 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 APU A4-1250 Dual-Core 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 APU A4-1250 Dual-Core and the Celeron M 550 have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the APU A4-1250 Dual-Core has a 64 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Celeron M 550, at least 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.

The APU A4-1250 Dual-Core has a 23 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron M 550, and was created with a 37 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the APU A4-1250 Dual-Core 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).

The APU A4-1250 Dual-Core 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 Celeron M 550, 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 Radeon HD 8210, 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 CodenameJaguar Temash KB-A1Merom
MoBo SocketBGA769 (FT3)Socket P
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date23 May 201305 Sep 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs1
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed1 GHzvs2 GHz
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Max TDP8 Wvs31 W
Lithography28 nmvs65 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature90°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs64 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon HD 8210
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs-
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Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A4-1200 is a micro mobile processor based on the 28nm, Jaguar microarchitecture, exclusively for tablets.

It offers 2 codenamed 'Temash' Cores clocked at 1.0GHz and a total of 1MB of L2 Cache. The processor also features very weak integrated Graphics called Radeon HD 8210 with 128 Shader Processing Units that are based on the GCN architecture.

Its performance is very very limited and will be a bottleneck for most games and applications.
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.