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Celeron with 2.0 GHz in the test: Does a Pentium 4 competitor overclock to 3.0 GHz?

Celeron with 2.0 GHz in the test: Does a Pentium 4 competitor overclock to 3.0 GHz?

Performance and price

The performance values ​​of the Celeron are certainly a bit mixed. In order to be able to get an idea of ​​the processor's performance, we have updated our processor charts . However, since the results of the overclocked variants have no place there, we would like to go into their performance a little more closely at this point.

You have to consider the performance of the processor differently according to games and applications.

Game performance
Unit: Percent
    • Pentium 4 2 , 80 GHz - PC4200
      99.3
    • Athlon 1.4 GHz - DDR333
      69,5
    • Celeron3.00 GHz - DDR400 *
      67.6
    • Celeron 2.66 GHz - DDR333 *
      59.7
    • Celeron 2.00 GHz - DDR266
      48,2

While the L2 cache, which is very small at 128kb, has an extremely negative effect in games and even the Celeron with 3GHz and DDR400 falls behind an Athlon 1400 MHz (Thunderbird), it looks completely different in applications.

Office performance
Unit: Percent
    • Pentium 4 2 , 80 GHz - PC4200
      97.3
    • Pentium 4 2.4B GHz - PC4200
      84.6
    • Celeron 3.00 GHz - DDR400 *
      83.2
    • Pentium 4 2.40 GHz - PC3200
      81,6
    • Celeron 2.66 GHz - DDR3 33 *
      70.4
    • Pentium 4 2.0A GHz - PC3200
      70.4
    • Athlon 1.4 GHz - DDR333
      58,0
    • Celeron 2.00 GHz - DDR266
      55,0

With 2.0GHz, the Celeron once again has to admit defeat to the last AMD processor with a Thunderbird core. At 2.66GHz and DDR333 it achieves roughly the performance of a 2.0GHz Pentium 4 or an Athlon XP2000 +. This operation of the Celeron is generally recommended. When it reaches the 3GHz mark, it can compare its performance with a 2.4 GHz Pentium 4. At this rate it is faster than the Athlon XP 2400+, which is now also gradually available in stores, but a little slower than the XP 2600+.

Overall performance
Unit: Percent
    • Pentium 4 2.80 GHz - PC4200
      98.2
    • Pentium 4 2.20 GHz - PC3200
      77.8
    • Celeron 3.00 GHz - DDR400 *
      75.4
    • Pentium 4 2 , 0A GHz - PC3200
      72.9
    • Pentium 4 1.8A GHz - PC3200
      67.4
    • Celeron 2.66 GHz - DDR333 *
      65.4
    • Athlon 1.4 GHz - DDR333
      62,6
    • Celeron 2.00 GHz - DDR266
      51,4

If you look at the overall performance, it is the 2.0 GHz model is slower than the Athlon 1400, the 2.66 can compare with an Athlon XP 1700+ or ​​a Pentium 4 1.8 GHz. At 3.0 GHz it achieves the performance of an Athlon XP 2000+ or ​​that of a 2.2 GHz Pentium 4.

Price-performance
Unit: points
  • Only when purchasing the processor:
    • Athlon XP 1600+ - DDR333
      499 , 43
    • Athlon XP 1700+ - DDR333
      464,82
    • Athlon XP 1800+ - DDR333
      415.39
    • Athlon XP 1900+ - DDR333
      392.93
    • Celeron 3.00 GHz - DDR400 *
      362.85
    • Athlon XP 2000+ - DDR333
      360.64
    • Celeron 2.66 GHz - DDR333 *
      314.78
    • Athlon XP 2100+ - DDR333
      304,40
    • Athlon XP 2200+ - DDR333
      251,77
    • Celeron 2.00 GHz - DDR266
      247.57
    • Pentium 4 1.8A GHz - PC3200
      238,62
    • Pentium 4 2.0A GHz - PC3200
      233.26

At a retail price of currently 139 euros, it is around 50 euros cheaper than the Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or almost as expensive as the Athlon XP 2000+, the does significantly more for its price. The Celeron can only be dangerous to this with a significantly higher processor clock.

On the next page: Conclusion