benefit of the Celeron that makes up for the lower bus speeds
is cost. Celeron processors are cheaper and so are there motherboards
and that can really add up to big savings for a very small performance
losses. Celeronís are also packaged in PPGA(Plastic Pin Grid
Array) and SEPP(Single Edge Processor Package). The PPGA packaging
allows OEMís to design cheaper and more flexible motherboards
.That is another thing that reduces cost. Intel stopped manufacturing
SEPP Celeronís to reduce cost of the processor and allow for
cheaper motherboard designs.
PPGA are compatible with Socket 370 and right now are the only
kind of Celeronís that are being manufactured. Intel has plan
to slowly move all of their processors over from Slot 1 to Socket
370. But, you can still use a Celeron Processor that is manufactured
with PPGA packaging(all the new ones) with a Slot 1 motherboard
via a Slotket. These are pretty popular allowing people to save
money not having to buy a new motherboard and make future upgrading
for P3ís still a viable option.
Celeron motherboards also feature integrated video and/or sound.
While this degrades video performance and may not provide the
best sound it cuts down cost. In the end the system is cheaper
for everyone, manufacturer pays less for it, and the consumer
see the savings. That is why many people think that the future
is in integrated hardware. I donít think thatís is true but
you never know. Back to the article! Cost is the major reason
to go Celeron. It is much cheaper than any other processor that
can offer its performance. So if you want to save money and
get decent performance go Celeron!
Factors - reasons why to go Celeron
Performance as good as P2/3ís
Works in Slot one with Slotket Kit Decent
32kb of level one cache 128kb of full speed level2 cache
Supports EX, LX, and ZX motherboard chipset designs.
Pipelined FPU (Floating Point Unit)
66-mhz bus speed