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Comparison: Celeron 2.53 vs. P4 2.8 ???

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February 15, 2008 1:08:02 PM

Which of the following setups do you think will have the best overall performance?

Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.53GHz Model 4, Stepping 9 - 2527 MHz
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board Bus Clock: 533 MHz
1GB PC3200 (2x512 matched)

Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz Model 2, Stepping 9 - 2793 MHz
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board Bus Clock: 200 MHz
2GB PC3200 (4x512 matched)

I am currently using the Celeron setup, and after 2 years it is so cluttered and junked up I think it's time to start fresh. Would it be better to switch to the P4 with more memory? The only disadvantage I see is the slower board clock and primary cache... but I don't know if those will make a huge difference.

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February 15, 2008 1:30:08 PM

I probably should have said that I'll be running XP Pro. I do a lot of multi-tasking with office apps, browsers, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, Outlook, etc.
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February 15, 2008 1:54:50 PM

My question is how much will this switch cost you? If it will cost $400 or more, you're better off building a new system. Overall, The P4 system is faster. I will warn you that with Office, the web, Outlook, and the everyday stuff, don't expect a huge improvement. However, in Photoshop, you will see a difference.
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February 15, 2008 1:57:56 PM

No cost, I have both systems sitting in my office right now.
So you think the P4 will run faster overall, even with the lower board clock?
February 15, 2008 2:00:51 PM

Well if you have to pick between the 2 I would go for the p4 system. It has more ram and since you will be multi-taksing it would run alot better for you. Also how much if any will you be paying for the p4 system? If you are spending any amount on it, say 300-400 you can build a more up to date system to do office type applications.
February 15, 2008 2:01:49 PM

Damn beat me to the punch lol.
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February 15, 2008 2:05:14 PM

Yes. Since it's there and it's for free, use the P4.
February 15, 2008 2:07:52 PM

Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'll be switching over.
February 15, 2008 2:26:25 PM

You have the rare SL7EY Northwood? Wow. Anyway, if the Celeron is a Celeron D (Prescott) I would simply overclock it (if your board supports it), it should be fairly easy with the proper cooling (if you have it). Prescott Celerons should easily be able to 3.6-4.0Ghz with the E0 or G1 core. If overclocking is not an option you may be able to do a BSEL mod to make your Celeron run at 3.8Ghz on a FSB of 800MHz.

Edit: Obviously it's a Prescott Celeron, because they're the only ones with 533 FSB. Duh. Northwood Celerons ran at 400 FSB.
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February 15, 2008 3:48:17 PM

I would go for the P4 2.8GHz and OC it. You will notice a huge difference. When I changed out my fiances 2.7GHz celeron for a 2.8GHz P4 itt made a world of difference for her crappy eMachines. I hav since retired that computer and am thinking of taking it to "PC heaven".
February 15, 2008 4:19:31 PM

Chances are its a prebuilt computer, in which case OCing is a negative.

Also the L2 cache size is a concern...
February 15, 2008 5:29:58 PM

P4 for sure
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February 15, 2008 5:46:49 PM

I think you're mistaken about the P4 bus speed, the celeron runs at 166Mhzx4 = 533Mt/s, the P4 should run at 200Mhzx4 = 800MT/s. On this processor you probably also have hyperthreading. The 512k of cache tells me it's a Northwood too.

No P4s have bus speeds less than 400Mt/s.
April 21, 2008 9:11:34 PM

What about a P4 1.6a VS a celeron D?
I have a 1.6a on Asus P4b533-v runs 166mhz.
If I get a Celeron D runs 200mhz or less, do I get any performance enhancement.
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