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Intel’s Elder Lake lineup continues to impress, and the latest benchmarks to pop up online should get Chromebook and Windows 11 S-mode laptop fans pretty excited.

A new benchmark for the Intel Celeron G6900, a dual-core Elder Lake chip that’s at the very entry-level end of the processor generation, recently hit the Geekbench database.


The results show that the entry-level chip scored 1,403 in single-core performance and 2,577 in Geekbench 5’s multi-core test. Although the multi-core score isn’t going to break any records, the single-core performance is particularly impressive.

According to wccftech, this puts the G6900 ahead of the Intel Core i9-10900K in terms of single-core performance, and we can confirm that it beats the single-core performance of the Intel Core i9-10980HK, which we saw Is. Recently in the middle of last year a lot of high end gaming laptops and mobile creative workstations.

It’s also well above the Ryzen 7 5800H and well ahead of the Ryzen 9 5900HS in Geekbench 5’s single-core test.

As a dual-core processor, the G6900 is absolutely blown away at multi-core performance across the board, obviously. But such single-core performance would mean that individual apps should run very well on this processor.

Of course, the Intel Celeron G6900 isn’t available yet, and there’s a lot that could change, so a benchmark like this needs to be treated with some skepticism. We hope it’s legit, because we’d love to see some power in the budget space.

Analysis: Budget laptops are going to see the most benefits

While the Intel Celeron G6900’s multi-core score isn’t that hot, the single core performance should keep individual apps like Chrome running particularly well.

It will certainly help with the day-to-day, general computing performance that is the bread and butter of cheap Chromebooks and Windows 11 S-Mode laptops.

And since it’s an entry-level chip, we can definitely expect to see it in some of the best cheap laptops we love to see this year.

Budget products usually have to make some big sacrifices to bring down the price, and while the Celeron chip will never be able to hold a candle to the same-generation Core i9, the budget end sees a big step up in performance. The computing market is something to celebrate.

  • Looking for cheap laptop? Check out our list of the Best Chromebooks of 2022

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