Intel, the new Celeron disappoints – Macitynet.it
One of the spring effects for the low-end PC computer market was the launch of the new 1.7 GHz Celerons. A move that according to Intel would offer those looking for savings a good solution in order not to give up performance.
The new processors, which Macitynet has already talked about in the past, present themselves with actually interesting numbers: clocks up to 1.7 GHz, 400 Mhz processor bus. A 'downgrade' compared to the Celerons of the past, the presence of only 256Kb of second-level cache directly on board, a detail that in the Megahertz orgy that still envelops the world of PC consumers, is likely to go unnoticed.
Yet, as some tests carried out by PC World demonstrate, precisely this detail that appears insignificant runs the risk of reserving bad surprises for those who buy a car attracted by the bombastic '1.7 GHz' adhesive.
In fact, preliminary tests conducted on some computers that use the new Celeron have shown that reducing the cache causes a decrease in performance against the not very bright 1.7 GHz Pentium 4 of about 10%, an abyss in the current evolution of processors, which is sold in machines that have only slightly higher costs. What is more difficult to digest than the Celeron 1.7 GHz is not only slower than its bigger 'cousin', but also of its, at first glance, younger siblings. World show that the processor does not compare with a 1.2 GHz Celeron. What is even more incredible that the 1.2 GHz Celeron, admittedly a consumer processor, even beats the 1.7 GHz Pentium 4 in some configurations. PCs are now thinking of keeping on the market versions of the old 1.4 GHz Celeron which should be significantly superior in performance to the Celeron launched in recent days