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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Braswell Sandy Bridge
MoBo Socket BGA BGA 1023
Notebook CPU yes yes
Release Date 30 Mar 2015 01 Jan 2012
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Cores 4 2
CPU Threads 4 -
Clock Speed 1.6 GHz 1.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency 2.08GHz -
Max TDP 6 W 17 W
Lithography 14 nm 32 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit -
Max Temperature 90°C -
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache Size 2048 KB 512 KB
L3 Cache Size - 2 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 8 GB -
Memory Channels 2 -
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Intel Celeron N3150 is a low profile mobile Quad Core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with turbo boost up to 2.08 GHz. It has 14 nm lithography and extremely low TDP of 6 watts. It is paired with Intel HD Graphics (Haswell) whose base clock is 350 MHz. Expect only older games to run smoothly on reduced settings. Sandy Bridge is the codename for a microarchitecture developed by Intel beginning in 2005 for central processing units in computers to replace the Nehalem microarchitecture. Intel demonstrated a Sandy Bridge processor in 2009, and released first products based on the architecture in January 2011 under the Core brand.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron N3150 1.6GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz 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.

Both the Celeron N3150 1.6GHz and the Celeron Dual-Core 867 1.3GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The 4 has 2 more cores than the Celeron Dual-Core 867. { With 4 cores, the 4 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

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 N3150 1.6GHz and Celeron Dual-Core 867 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 N3150 1.6GHz 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 4.

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 <span class='gpu1Mention'>Celeron N3150 1.6GHz</span> has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Celeron Dual-Core 867</span>, and although the Celeron N3150 1.6GHz 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.