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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 272% 303%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 401% 442%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 261% 290%
FIFA 21 248% 277%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 321% 356%
Watch Dogs Legion 401% 442%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 479% 526%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 321% 356%
Grand Theft Auto VI 512% 562%
Genshin Impact 182% 205%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz is marginally better than the Intel Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz 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 2970M 2.2GHz was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-620UE 2-Core, and so the Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-620UE 2-Core when running the latest games.

The Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz and the Core i7-620UE 2-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 Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz and the Core i7-620UE 2-Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

The Core i7-620UE 2-Core has 2 more threads than the Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz. The Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-620UE 2-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 2970M 2.2GHz and Core i7-620UE 2-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 Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz has a 1.14 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 2970M 2.2GHz and the Core i7-620UE 2-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i7-620UE 2-Core has a 2 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz.

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 i7-620UE 2-Core has a 19 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz. However, the Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellArrandale
MoBo SocketSocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date14 Apr 201407 Jan 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs4
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs1.06 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.133 GHz
Max TDP37 Wvs18 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCeleron 2970M 2.2GHz is a very cheap processor, part of the Haswell Refresh CPUs released in April of 2014..
It's configuration is similar to the mobile Core i-Series but many features like Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, AVX and AES-NI are deactivated.
As a result, the processor's performance is significantly reduced.
Expect modern 3D games smoothly at modest settings. However, its integrated graphics are relatively weak and might not run most of today's demanding games.
Core i7-620UE 2-Core 1.06GHz is an ultra energy efficient mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.067GHz, which may go up to 2.133GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates very weak Graphics called Intel HD i7 620UE, with 10 Execution Units, initially clocked at 166MHz and that go up to 500MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 18W.

Its performance is below the average and so most demanding games will not run optimally.