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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron N3050 1.6GHz Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 593% 25%
Hitman 3 833% 68%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 833% 68%
Resident Evil 8 669% 39%
FIFA 21 548% 17%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1038% 105%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 571% 21%
Genshin Impact 424% 5%
The Medium 1088% 114%
Far Cry 6 993% 97%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz is massively better than the Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz 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 N3050 1.6GHz was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core, and so the Celeron N3050 1.6GHz is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core when running the latest games.

The Core i7-2630QM 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Celeron N3050 1.6GHz. With 4 cores, the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i7-2630QM 4-Core has 6 more threads than the Celeron N3050 1.6GHz. The Celeron N3050 1.6GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-2630QM 4-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 N3050 1.6GHz and Core i7-2630QM 4-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 Core i7-2630QM 4-Core has a 0.4 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 Core i7-2630QM 4-Core.

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 N3050 1.6GHz and the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Celeron N3050 1.6GHz does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core definitely 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 N3050 1.6GHz has a 39 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-2630QM 4-Core, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron N3050 1.6GHz 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 Core i7-2630QM 4-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 N3050 1.6GHz, 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 HD i7 2630QM, 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 CodenameBraswellSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGArPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Mar 201509 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads2vs8
Clock Speed1.6 GHzvs2 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.16 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Max TDP6 Wvs45 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature90°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size112 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD i7 2630QM
Base GPU Frequency-vs650 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs10.1
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe 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.Core i7-2630QM 4-Core 2.0GHz is a high-end mobile CPU based on the 32nm, Sandy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.0GHz, which may go up to 2.9GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates relatively weak Graphics called Intel HD i7 2630QM, with 12 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, 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 45W.

Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.