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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron N2940 1.83GHz Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 431% 244%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 615% 363%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 415% 233%
FIFA 21 397% 221%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 502% 289%
Watch Dogs Legion 615% 363%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 726% 434%
Grand Theft Auto VI 773% 465%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 502% 289%
Genshin Impact 302% 160%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz is significantly better than the Intel Celeron N2940 1.83GHz 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 N2940 1.83GHz was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-660UM 2-Core, and so the Celeron N2940 1.83GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-660UM 2-Core when running the latest games.

The Celeron N2940 1.83GHz has 2 more cores than the Core i7-660UM 2-Core. With 4 cores, the Celeron N2940 1.83GHz is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the Intel Celeron N2940 1.83GHz and the Intel Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz have the same number of threads. The Celeron N2940 1.83GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-660UM 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 N2940 1.83GHz and Core i7-660UM 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 N2940 1.83GHz has a 0.5 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 Celeron N2940 1.83GHz.

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 N2940 1.83GHz has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-660UM 2-Core, and although the Celeron N2940 1.83GHz does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out 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 Celeron N2940 1.83GHz has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-660UM 2-Core, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron N2940 1.83GHz 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 Celeron N2940 1.83GHz 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 Core i7-660UM 2-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 Desktop (Ivy Bridge), 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 CodenameBay Trail-MArrandale
MoBo SocketBGA 1170BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date23 Jun 201424 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed1.83 GHzvs1.33 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.25 GHzvs2.4 GHz
Max TDP8 Wvs18 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature105°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size204 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewA power optimized processor for SoC notebooks. Very low power consumption, as well as very limited performance. Only very modest games will run optimally.Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz is an ultra energy efficient mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Nehalem architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 1.33GHz, which may go up to 2.4GHz 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 660UM, 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.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.