Intel announced its lower-end Alder Lake processors at CES 2022. Among these, the dual-core Celeron and Pentium chips went unnoticed. Over the past several generations, this part of the market has been only getting refreshes with minor frequency bumps. With the 12th Gen lineup, the entire Alder Lake family is getting the 10nm Golden Cove cores at the lower-end and a combination of Golden and Gracemont at the high-end.
Being a dual-core SKU, the overall multi-threaded performance of these chips is still limited, but the single-threaded capabilities are rather impressive. With a score of 1,397 in the Geekbench 5 single-threaded test, the Celeron G6900 manages to even best the 3rd Gen Ryzen 9 3900X and the 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10900K.
Given its substantial multi-core grunt, the Ryzen 9 3900X is well ahead of the puny Celeron in heavily threaded workloads, but if you’re running an office or school computer, then the G6900 should serve the purpose rather well.