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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron N3050 1.6GHz Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 593% 360%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 833% 519%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 571% 345%
Watch Dogs Legion 833% 519%
FIFA 21 548% 330%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 685% 421%
Godfall 1238% 788%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1038% 655%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 977% 615%
Genshin Impact 424% 248%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz is noticeably 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 Pentium Dual 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 Pentium Dual Core when running the latest games.

The Celeron N3050 1.6GHz 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 N3050 1.6GHz 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 N3050 1.6GHz 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 Pentium Dual Core 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 .

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 has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, and although the Celeron N3050 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.

The Celeron N3050 1.6GHz has a 29 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameBraswellSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketBGArPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Mar 201515 May 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs-
Clock Speed1.6 GHzvs2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency2.16 GHzvs-
Max TDP6 Wvs35 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature90°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size112 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs2 MB
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ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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Gaming Performance Value

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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.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.