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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 397% 244%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 569% 363%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 382% 233%
FIFA 21 365% 221%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 463% 289%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 434% 269%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 673% 434%
Watch Dogs Legion 569% 363%
Genshin Impact 276% 160%
Grand Theft Auto VI 717% 465%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-660UM 2-Core 1.33GHz is significantly better than the Intel Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz 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 3215U 1.7GHz was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-660UM 2-Core, and so the Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz 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 3215U 1.7GHz and the Core i7-660UM 2-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 3215U 1.7GHz and the Core i7-660UM 2-Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

The Core i7-660UM 2-Core has 2 more threads than the Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz. The Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz 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 3215U 1.7GHz 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 3215U 1.7GHz has a 0.37 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 3215U 1.7GHz and the Core i7-660UM 2-Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i7-660UM 2-Core has a 2 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz.

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 3215U 1.7GHz has a 3 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-660UM 2-Core, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz 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 3215U 1.7GHz 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 Mobile (Broadwell), 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 CodenameBroadwellArrandale
MoBo SocketBGA 1168BGA 1288
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Mar 201524 May 2010
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs4
Clock Speed1.7 GHzvs1.33 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs2.4 GHz
Max TDP15 Wvs18 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature105°Cvs105°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs4 MB
Max Memory Size-vs8 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics Mobile (Broadwell)
Base GPU Frequency-vs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Celeron 3215U 1.7GHz is a budget, low-performance mobile processor based on the 14nm Broadwell microarchitecture. In released during the second quarter of 2015. It comes packing 2 physical cores (2 threads) clocked at 1.50GHz. It does not utilize Intel's HyperThreading technology and does not have a Turbo clock frequency. It's L1, L2 and L3 cache are of 128 KB, 512 KB and 2 MB respectively. It integrates the weak Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell) clocked at 300MHz base clock and 850MHz boost clock, and has a TDP of 15W.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.