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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Coffee Lake S Agena
MoBo Socket LGA 1151 Socket AM2+
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 01 Mar 2019 27 Mar 2008
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Cores 2 4
CPU Threads 2 4
Clock Speed 3.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency 3.2GHz -
Max TDP 54 W 125 W
Lithography 14 nm 65 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit 64 Bit
Max Temperature - 70°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 64 KB 512 KB
L2 Cache Size 512 KB 2048 KB
L3 Cache Size 2 MB 2 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 64 GB -
Memory Channels 2 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review The Intel Celeron G4930 2-Core 3.2GHzz is a budget CPU based on the 14nm Coffee Lake S micro-architecture with many of its features disabled, including Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading. It offers 2 Cores, clocked at 3.3GHz and Intel UHD 610 integrated graphics clocked at 300MHz (1110MHz in Turbo Mode) and the memory controller supports DDR4-2400. It's expected to consume up to 54 Watts and offers 2MB of L3 Cache. Its gaming performance is relatively average and on a level with previous Kaby Lake-based dual-core CPUs (Core i3). Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition is a performance processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture. <br/> <br/> It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.3GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache. <br/> Among its many features, <b>Virtualization</b> is activated and the processor has unlocked multiplier, meaning it can be overclocked easily. <br/> <br/> The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W. <br/> <br/> It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Celeron G4930 2-Core 3.2GHz is marginally better than the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition 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 G4930 2-Core 3.2GHz and the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The 4 has 2 more cores than the Celeron G4930 2-Core. { With 4 cores, the 4 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Phenom 9600 Quad-Core has 2 more threads than the Celeron G4930 2-Core. Both CPUs have one thread 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 G4930 2-Core and Phenom 9600 Quad-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 G4930 2-Core has a 0.9 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 probably a good indicator that the 4 is superior.

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='gpu2Mention'>Phenom 9600 Quad-Core</span> has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Celeron G4930 2-Core</span>, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Phenom 9600 Quad-Core</span> wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

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.