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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 272% 360%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 401% 519%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 261% 345%
FIFA 21 248% 330%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 321% 421%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 479% 615%
Watch Dogs Legion 401% 519%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 321% 421%
Grand Theft Auto VI 512% 655%
Genshin Impact 182% 248%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz 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 Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz was released over a year more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz 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 Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz 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 Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz 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 Celeron 2970M 2.2GHz has a 0.1 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. 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 2970M 2.2GHz and the Pentium Dual Core have the same L2 cache size, and the same L3 cache size, so in terms of cache-related gaming performance, the two CPUs are too similar to judge.

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 Pentium Dual Core has a 2 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, by a small amount.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date14 Apr 201415 May 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed2.2 GHzvs2.1 GHz
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Max TDP37 Wvs35 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs2 MB
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.
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.