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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron G4900T 2-Core 2.9GHz Athlon II X4 559
Cyberpunk 2077 59% 57%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 115% 111%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 54% 52%
Grand Theft Auto VI 162% 158%
FIFA 21 49% 47%
Genshin Impact 21% 19%
Far Cry 6 151% 148%
Hitman 3 115% 111%
Watch Dogs Legion 115% 111%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 148% 144%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon II X4 559 is marginally better than the Intel Celeron G4900T 2-Core 2.9GHz 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 G4900T 2-Core was released over three years more recently than the Athlon II X4, and so the Celeron G4900T 2-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Athlon II X4 when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Athlon II X4 has 2 more cores than the Celeron G4900T 2-Core. With 4 cores, the Athlon II X4 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Athlon II X4 has 2 more threads than the Celeron G4900T 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 G4900T 2-Core and Athlon II X4 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 Athlon II X4 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 Athlon II X4.

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 Athlon II X4 has a 1536 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron G4900T 2-Core, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 G4900T 2-Core has a 124 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Athlon II X4, and was created with a 31 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron G4900T 2-Core 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 Celeron G4900T 2-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 Athlon II X4, 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 UHD Graphics 630, 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 CodenameCoffee Lake SCallisto
MoBo SocketLGA 1151Socket AM2+ / AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Apr 201801 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads2vs4
Clock Speed2.9 GHzvs3.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs-
Max TDP35 Wvs159 W
Lithography14 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature88°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size126 mm˛vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Celeron G4900T 2-Core 2.9GHz 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 2.9GHz and Intel UHD 610 integrated graphics clocked at 350MHz (1000MHz in Turbo Mode) and the memory controller supports DDR4-2400. It's expected to consume up to 35 Watts and offers 2MB of L3 Cache. The gaming performance of Celeron G4900T 2-Core 2.9GHz is low-end will run games slower than a typical 7th-gen Kaby Lake-based Core i3 processor. This is not an ideal processor for modern AAA titles.This is the unlocked version of the Phenom II X2 B59.