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Recommended System Requirements
Game Turion II Neo K325 Celeron M 550 2GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 1020% 1537%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1408% 2104%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 985% 1487%
FIFA 21 948% 1431%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1169% 1755%
Watch Dogs Legion 1408% 2104%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1641% 2445%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1169% 1755%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1741% 2591%
Genshin Impact 748% 1140%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Turion II Neo K325 is very slightly better than the Intel Celeron M 550 2GHz 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 Turion II Neo was released over a year more recently than the Celeron M 550, and so the Turion II Neo is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Turion II Neo has 1 more core than the Celeron M 550. However, while the Turion II Neo will probably perform better than the Celeron M 550, both CPUs are likely to struggle with the latest games, and will almost certainly bottleneck high-end graphics cards. Both CPUs also have quite low clock frequencies, which means recent games will have to be played at low settings, assuming you own an equivalently powerful GPU.

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 Turion II Neo and Celeron M 550 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 M 550 has a 0.7 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 Turion II Neo.

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 Turion II Neo has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron M 550, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the Turion II Neo 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.

The Turion II Neo has a 19 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Celeron M 550, and was created with a 20 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Turion II Neo 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).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameGenevaMerom
MoBo SocketSocket 812Socket P
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 May 201005 Sep 2007
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewTurion II is identical to Turion II Ultra, except that the Turion II features only 2 MB of L2 cache (1 MB per core), and higher clock speeds ranging from 2.3 GHz to 2.7 GHz.The 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.