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Back at the beginning of the year, Intel's Celeron line stood at only the extremely overclockable Celeron 300A and the Celeron 333 (not counting the very last of the awful cacheless Celeron 266 & 300's which were still around). Since then we have seen a number of things happen to Intel's budget chip. The most notable has been the switch over to the PPGA (Plastic Pin Grid Array) Socket 370 design in favour of the older Slot 1 design, which has now largely disappeared. In that time we have also seen the Celeron's speed rise from 333 MHz, through 366, 400, 433 & 466 MHz. We now stand at the launch of the Celeron 500 MHz. What is new about this chip and should you buy it? Well the Processor Emporium will help to try and advise you here.

Intel Celeron 500, What's new?

Now see the release of Intel's latest incarnation of its popular Celeron line of processors and the question must be asked, what's new? Well, apart from the increase in clock speed to 500 MHz, nothing really. Its still hewn from that same design as the 366, 400, 433 and 466 MHz versions, its just that the tolerances of the chip have been improved to run at 500 MHz.

The lack of innovation on the new Celeron 500 is just a tad disappionting compared to its siblings launched only recently. The Front Side Bus is still only 66 MHz, which we feel now is just not fast enough for today's computing, as most machines will now perform at their best using a 100 MHz bus. High end PC's will soon be moving to the 133 MHz bus (Intel PIII Coppermine, AMD Athlon (memory bus speed, not CPU - Chipset bus which is 200 MHz for the Athlon.)) and Intel could well have used this as a opportunity to introduce a Celeron using the 100 MHz bus.

Also we see the Celeron still being firmly held as Intel's inferior (to them that is) offering by the Celeron not gaining the SSE instructions found on the Pentium III processor. This could well be the Celeron's achillies heel as SSE enabled software becomes more commonplace and will hamper the Celeron 500 overall.

We do though see Intel's highest clock multiplier used to date, as it is set at a hefty 7.5x in order to reach 500 MHz using a 66 MHz bus. This could well prevent the Celeron 500 from being a viable upgrade option for users of older LX chipset boards, as it would be very unlikely that they would be capable of supporting such a high frequency. Most LX boards appear to max out at 433 MHz, so upgraders have to look lower down the Celeron line.


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