Intel Celeron Processors

Since the late 1990′s, Intel Celeron processors have been produced for budget-conscious computer buyers. Celeron has become well known as the low-cost alternative to Intel’s other brands, like Pentium and Core 2 Duo. Celeron processors generally offer less features and worse performance in exchange for their less expensive price. Consumers looking into Celeron processors must navigate pros and cons of Celeron processors, especially since the performance of different processors can range drastically. Some Celeron processors perform on comparable levels to their Pentium or Core equivalent, but others lag behind significantly. It requires a significant amount of research to find out which end of the spectrum the processor you’re looking at will perform at.

Celeron processors are developed to match Intel’s current mainstream CPU. When they were first developed, Celeron CPU’s were made to resemble the Pentium II model. Today, they are built to match the Core 2 Duo CPU’s. This is done for two main reasons: First, it makes it easy for consumers to judge Celeron processors, as they are easily comparable to Intel’s flagship CPU of the moment. The second reason for this similarity is that it makes them easier to build. Basing them off an established CPU model means that Celeron processors need relatively little research to develop.

What generally sets Celeron processors apart from their more expensive cousins are a few select features that Intel decides to remove or reduce in the Celeron model. This allows Intel to both cut Celeron costs and to justify the extra cost of their other CPU’s. These differences generally result in slower performance, though the amount to which the performance is slower can vary greatly. Usually, the cache memory will be significantly less, which is an often overlooked factor in CPU performance. Celeron processors can have less than half the cache memory of their Core 2 Duo equivalents.

The difference that cache memory presents in performance is noticeable, but whether it is worth the money is a different question. When the difference in cache memory is more than a couple megabytes, the difference in performance can be too much to bear for people who need a fast CPU for their different tasks. However, Celeron processors have never been marketed to that consumer base. They’re much more effectively used for basic computer tasks, like browsing the internet, making documents, or watching videos. In this capacity, Celeron processors do very well as alternative CPU’s, and there’s almost no noticeable difference.

When researching whether to buy a computer with a Celeron processor, it’s very important to know exactly what you’re going to be doing with the computer. As mentioned earlier, Celeron CPU’s are fine when running basic programs, but they can struggle with more advanced tasks, like loading games or editing videos. This is especially true for the modern dual core CPU’s, where cache size is more important to the overall performance. In older models that used less cache memory, the difference was less. This means that single core processors are more effective comparatively than dual core models.

Of course, the most important factor in buying Celeron processors is the price difference; without that, there’s no reason to buy them, as they literally don’t have any performance advantages. The price difference varies, but Celeron processors can be between $50-100 cheaper. Computers with Celeron processors are generally much cheaper, not only because of the CPU, but computer builders generally reserve Celeron processors for their more low-end models in general, where cost-cutting is the norm. For a decent computer tat will perform basic computing tasks, the price will start at about $250, and these will almost always have Celeron processors in their motherboards.

This Intel Celeron Processors Review is Written/Updated on Jan 29th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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