Since testers sometimes forget that Geekbench uploads scores to the leaderboard, it’s always worth searching Geekbench for leaks of new or upcoming hardware. The just-introduced Intel Celeron G6900 is the babe of the 12th Gen series, but the Golden Cove P cores offer these improvements, and this little CPU is able to match the mighty Core i9 10900K in single-threaded performance, albeit with a few tweaks.
The Celeron G6900 is a dual-core processor with only two threads, a 3.4GHz clock, 4MB L3 cache, and a 46W TDP. It’s an absolute bargain for its specs and price, at just $59 (£55, $109). Some would argue that a CPU with two threads shouldn’t exist in 2021, and we mostly agree, but then again, it’s under $60, which is hard to argue with.
The sharp-eyed tweeter, bench Found Geekbench entry (by wccftech). According to the results, the Celeron G6900 is paired with an ASRock Z690M Phantom Gaming 4 motherboard and 16GB DDR4 RAM. It’s important to note that the CPU is apparently clocked at 4.4 GHz, well above the stock 3.4 GHz, which may be the result of Asrock’s Base Frequency Boost (BFB) technology.
[GB5 CPU] Unknown CPUCPU: Intel Celeron G6900 (2C 2T)Min/Max/Avg: 3360/3390/3385 MHzCPUID: 90675 (GenuineIntel)Scores, vs AMD 5800XSingle: 1397, -19.2%Multi: 2565, -76.1% https://t .co/zvFmPMaVRvJanuary 11, 2022
Entries show that the G6900 scored around 1400 points in the single-core test. Compare this to the Core i9-10900K, which delivers essentially the same score on the same test. It’s amazing that an entry-level Celeron G6900 can rival a flagship processor from two generations ago. In other words, a 4.4 GHz Golden Cove core, even with a small cache, can match the best Comet Lake (or any Skylake) core.
Of course, the G6900 with two threads isn’t in the same ballpark, league or sports field as the 20 threads offered by the 10900K, so the G6900 won’t be a great choice for your home video encoding tasks.
Even with excellent “overclocked” single-threaded performance, the G6900 won’t end up in many gaming rigs unless Minesweeper is your idea of AAA gaming. It’s very entry-level, destined to go into a basic office or internet machine. Don’t expect to see many reviews. It does show that the 12th Gen CPUs are very powerful, from the entry-level Celeron G6900 all the way up to the gaming king i9 12900K.