Vlogger Steve on the YouTube channel Random Gaming in HD tested the performance of the Intel Celeron G6900 processor, the cheapest offering in the Alder Lake chip line, in modern games. The processor recently showed relatively good results compared to the flagship two years ago, but that wasn’t enough for some games.
The Intel Celeron G6900 processor has a pair of powerful Golden Cove cores without Hyper-Threading support. The clock frequency of the chip is 3.4 GHz, and there is also a 2.5 MB L2 cache. It supports memory up to DDR4-3200 or DDR5-4800. There is also an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 710 with a peak frequency of up to 1.3 GHz and 16 EU units. The TDP is 46W.
Steve tried to assemble the system with the least financial cost. The processor cost £55 ($75.35), the Gigabyte H610M S2H DDR4 motherboard cost £80 (almost $110), he did not specify the cost of RAM, but said that its volume was 16 GB (2 × 8 GB DDR4-3000) was. He also said nothing about the drive, but noted that the professional NVIDIA T1000 card acted as a video adapter – it is roughly equivalent to the consumer GTX 1650. All this was used to run new, and not the latest, games “appropriate” the settings.
The Witcher 3 managed to run at 1080p and it even showed an average frame rate of 43 frames / s, but in practice these beautiful numbers were not enough: the gameplay was constantly accompanied by freezes, too long to describe the gameplay as comfortable to call . The updated version of GTA: San Andreas performed much better: 58 fps at 1080p – crashes and slowdowns were also present, but they almost didn’t spoil the impressions of the game. Cyberpunk 2077, on the other hand, performed well at 47 fps at 1080p (at least at the beginning of the story). On the other hand, there was a significant drawback – it was not possible to load the previously saved game.
CS:GO on low settings at 1080p on Dust II probably has the best result averaging up to 120 fps. Red Dead Redemption 2 performed surprisingly well (an average of 34 fps at 1080p and “Console Settings”). But completely unplayable were Forza Horizon 5, which froze in the loading phase, and Far Cry 6, which didn’t get past 2 frames/s.
Obviously, the processor was the “bottleneck” in the series of tests: the video shows that it almost always kept the utilization at around 100%, while the graphics card didn’t experience anything like this (with the exception of Cyberpunk 2077) – in other words, for gaming the system turns out to be unbalanced. The author of the review came to the conclusion that buying a latest-generation Celeron chip doesn’t make much sense yet, given the high price of compatible motherboards. But he has high hopes for the new Pentium Gold G7400 and wants to put it to the same test not only with discrete but also with integrated graphics.