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Introduction

Today we tested the Celeron G3900, which has two cores, 2.8 GHz clock, and is based on the Skylake microarchitecture, being one of the most inexpensive CPUs based on LGA1151 socket. Let’s see if is it a good option for a basic computer.

Usually, when Intel launches a new platform, high-end models are the first ones to be publicized and, soon after, quietly, value models from the same family appear on the market. With the Skylake family (Core i sixth generation) wasn’t different: between the first models announced were the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K; then appeared simpler models like the Core i5-6400, Core i3-6100, Pentium G4400, and finally the Celeron models, which are the most inexpensive CPUs from this family.

Entry (low-end) CPUs are usually fitted for inexpensive computers aimed on office or simple home tasks, like text editing and web browsing, which don’t demand high computing power.

The Celeron G3900 has two cores, 2.8 GHz base clock (no turbo clock), Intel HD 510 graphics engine, and uses LGA1151 socket. Actually, there are no big differences between Celeron and Pentium LGA1151 families; Celeron models have a lower clock and less L3 cache memory, only.

Figure 1 shows the Celeron G3900 package.

Celeron G3900 reviewFigure 1: the box of the Celeron G3900

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

Celeron G3900 reviewFigure 2: box contents

Figure 3 unveils the Celeron G3900 CPU.

Celeron G3900 reviewFigure 3: the Celeron G3900

In Figure 4, you see the bottom of the processor.

Celeron G3900 reviewFigure 4: bottom of the Celeron G3900

In our tests, we compared the Celeron G3900 to the Pentium G4400 and the A6-7400B (which is similar to the A6-7400K), because they are the most inexpensive CPUs we had available at the lab. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the Celeron G3900 costs less than both those processors.

Let us compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs in the next page.