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Intro

The Celeron G3930 is the most inexpensive CPU from Intel today, with two cores, 2.9 GHz clock rate, TDP of 51 W, and using socket LGA1151. Let’s check how does it perform.

The Celeron G3930 is part of the “Kaby Lake” seventh-gen Core i desktop CPUs from Intel, like the Core i7-7700K, the Core i5-7400, the Core i3-7100, and the Pentium G4600. The Celeron G3930 differs from the more expensive models on the core count (only two), the lack of the Hyper-Threading technology, the smaller L3 cache (2 MiB), and, obviously, the lower clock rate.

So, it is clear that the Celeron G3930 is aimed on computers where performance is not an issue, usually office desktop machines (for web browsing, text typing and spreadsheet calculations), supermarket cashiers, kiosts, etc.

Besides that, we will run some programs and games in order to check if is it a viable option for home using and even for casual gaming.

We compared the Celeron G3930 to the A8-9600, which we tested recently, because they are both some of more inexpensive CPUs today. We also included in this comparison some other models we tested (or re-tested) recently, like the Core i3-7100, the Core i5-7400, the Core i5-8400, and the Ryzen 5 1500X. Keep in mind, however, the CPUs are not competitors to the Celeron G3930.

Figure 1 shows the package of the Celeron G3930.

Celeron G3930 ReviewFigure 1: package

In Figure 2 we have the package contents: a manual, the cooler, the CPU itself, and a case sticker.

Celeron G3930 ReviewFigure 2: package contents

Figure 3 unveils the Celeron G3930 processor.

Celeron G3930 ReviewFigure 3: the Celeron G3930 CPU

The underside of the CPU can be seen in Figure 4.

Celeron G3930 ReviewFigure 4: underside of the Celeron G3930

We used a GeForce GTX 1080, which is a high-end video card, in all tests. We know this video card is not intended to be used with such a value CPU, but we used it in order to be sure there will not be any bottleneck caused by the GPU, so we are measuring the actual performance of each CPU.

Let’s compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs on the next page.