Intel Celeron based on Northwood?
As once again the gossip of the network, The Inquirer, reports, Intel is planning to switch the Celerons from the outdated Willamette core with 128KByte cache to the Northwood core with half a MB memory in the next few weeks.
Despite its seemingly gigantic clock rates of 1700 and 1800MHz, the 'Willamette' Celeron was heavily criticized because its 128KByte capacity shrunk cache the CPU in many cases even lagged behind a Celeron 1400 based on PIII Tualatin. Most readers will certainly remember Intel's bankruptcy with the first PII-based Celeron models, in which an L2 cache was completely dispensed with and the blatantly slow processor was taken out of the critic's line of fire as quickly as possible by giving it one 'Beware' successor donated. This U-turn could now be repeated with the current model. However, the source The Inquirer is referring to is not exactly certain of the information. According to this, one only saw chips labeled 'Intel Confidential', which were equipped with a full 512KB L2 cache. Accordingly, the 'new Celeron' would be a full-fledged P4 that, unlike the current top models, works with 400 instead of 533 MHz. This was previously the case with the PIII and its Celeron offshoot. But it is precisely this fact that makes the report appear quite questionable. Because the FSB increased by 133MHz does not cause any miracles by far, which would justify a large price range between the P4 (533) and Celeron (400). In addition, the cheap version would just leave the full-price processors the top speed. In this respect, we consider it relatively out of the question that Intel will soon be launching low-clocked versions of the P4-Northwood with 512KB cache and 400MHz FSB. More likelywould be a version with 256KB cache or a more conservative change - namely none at all. Because even if there has been criticism after criticism in the trade press, the current Willamette-Celeron makes a good figure in discount brochures. Who wouldn’t like to have a CPU with 1800MHz at a low price ...?