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News del 18 Giugno 02 Autore: Canaro
Pubblicata su Xbit una prova comparativa tra Celeron 1.7GHz e 1.8GHz per Socket478, e confrontati con altre CPU di clock superiore e inferiore. Leggi comparativa inglese Conclusion The shift of the Celeron family to Willamette-128 processor core together with the introduction of the Pentium 4 CPU architecture and Socket478 in the budget solutions from Intel is a pretty logical and natural step. Having reached 1.4GHz core clock, Tualatin processor core used in Celeron processors before didn't allow any further increase in the working frequency of the budget CPUs. Therefore, Intel replaced the core with the one featuring higher frequency potential. And just like in case of the move from Pentium III to Pentium 4, this situation has its highs and its evident lows. First of all, we have to point out that Celeron CPUs now use the same processor socket as Pentium 4 solutions. This is an indisputable advantage of the new Celeron family, which provides unlimited opportunities for future upgrade of the low-cost systems. As for the performance, the advantages of the new Celeron CPUs are not so evident. Of course, they boast higher bus bandwidth due to the implementation of 400MHz Quad Pumped Bus, however smaller L2 cache sometimes brings all the advantages of this bus to naught. And of course, you shouldn't forget about all classical highs and lows of the NetBurst architecture, which we have already covered on our site many times. So, the new Celeron CPUs on Willamette-128 core not always appear faster than the old ones. And if we compare them with the competing solutions from AMD, namely with slower Athlon XP CPUs, they will very often prove completely defeated. Unfortunately, Celeron processors on Willamette-128 core will not be able to satisfy overclocking fans too. Compared with the impressive overclockability of the Celeron CPUs based on other cores the overclocking potential of our today's heroes appeared quite disappointing. However, when the Celeron CPUs move to 0.13micron technology in early 2003 and get a twice as large L2 cache as they have now, their performance will make them highly promising and attractive solutions.
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