12th Gen Intel Celeron Matches 11th Gen Intel Core i9 Performance: But There Is A Catch

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Intel at CES 2022 announced the entry-level and mid-range 12th Gen Intel CPUs, which include the latest iteration of Celeron G6900, the most affordable current-gen CPU. With a recommended customer price of between $42.00 and $52 or around Rs. 3,500 is a great CPU choice for entry-level PC builds for normal day-to-day usage.

 
12th Gen Intel Celeron Matches 11th Gen Intel Core i9 Performance

Specs-wise, the Intel Celeron G6900 is a dual-core processor with no hyperthreading support. The CPU has two P-cores or performance cores based on golden clove architecture and has a base clock speed of 3.4GHz. It supports all the latest technologies like DDR5 and PCIe Gen5 just like the expensive Intel Core i9-12900K.

Excellent Single-Core Performer

On Geekbench 5, the Intel Celeron G6900 posted a whopping 1397 points and on the multi-core CPU test, it scored 2565. When compared to CPUs like the Intel Core i9-11900K or even the Ryzen 9 5950X, the single-core performance of the Celeron G6900 is on par with the flagship CPUs. However, due to the lower number of cores, the multi-core performance is nowhere near those CPUs.

These numbers indicate that the Intel Celeron G6900 can be a great CPU for budget PC builds. However, if your workload involves a lot of multitasking, then we recommend you to get a CPU with at least four cores, especially in this day and age. The higher single-core performance of the Celeron G6900 also indicates that you can game on this CPU, at least at 1080p without any issue.

12th Gen Intel Celeron Matches 11th Gen Intel Core i9 Performance

Again do note that to get a performance like this you might have to pair the CPU with a good motherboard and high-speed RAM, which in itself could cost a lot more than the Intel Celeron G6900. If you want a bit more performance, you can consider the Intel Pentium Gold, which is also a dual-core CPU but supports hyperthreading.

It is interesting to see that Intel hasn't cut down the features on the entry-level 12th Gen Intel CPUs. This ensures that all the processors from the 12th Gen Intel family of CPUs will offer similar core-to-core performance and the high-end models offer better multi-tasking due to higher clock speed and more CPU cores.

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