pentium vs celeron (1 Viewer)

Jan 7, 2004
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what are their differences? why would somebody buy a celeron? just coz it is cheaper? is there a reason why Intel made celeron? i did some search on google. just some. share your knowlegde/experience.
 

gray

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Apr 22, 2003
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#2
I think a fairer debate would be Pentium vs Athlon. Celeron's cheaper but gives you less performance. It's the poor man's processor. Athlon on the other hand is a cheaper, competitive alternative
 

IceBlu

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Aug 26, 2003
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Celerons are ok for computers that are used in offices.

a 2 Ghz Celeron is roughly equal to a 1.4 Ghz Pentium 4.

So basically Celeron processors are for price conscious people who don;t use their computer for anything other than word processing and other tasks that don't really need a lot of brute processor power.

For graphic intensive applications, Celerons = Crap.

As for AMD Barton processors, a 2500+ barton (running at 2 Ghz) is roughly equal to a 2.4 Ghz pentium 4 in terms of performance.
 

Martin

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Dec 31, 2000
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Bear in mind I'm pretty clueless about hardware on the whole. But I guess Pentium is just superior technology, more performance with less power lost to heat. So it's probably better for mobile devices where you work on a battery and and less noisy assuming you have a cpu fan for cooling.

Athlon is similar, it's powerful enough to compete with Pentium but it's less efficient and overheats more easily. At least this was true a couple of years ago, now both manufacturers have evolved with new mobile technology etc, so it may have changed.

Obviously, you don't get hyper threading with a Celeron (or an Athlon for that matter).
 

IceBlu

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Aug 26, 2003
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right now AMD processors are far more efficient than Intel ones.

Im running a 2.4 P4 and its easily beaten by a 2 Ghz Barton.
 

Martin

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Dec 31, 2000
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No, I mean heat issues. AMD processors have always outclassed the Pentium at a given frequency but they do produce more heat and are more vulnerable to overheating. Do you remember that experiment when a guy ran a P4 and an Athlon both at 100% load then removed the fan? The Pentium was damaged but the Athlon actually melted..

But again, it may have changed the last year or two for all I know.
 

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