Yeah, a number of years back my parents "upgraded" their PIII 750 to a PIV 1.4ish GHz (don't remember exactly, I think it might have been slower than that) celeron while I was away at college. I told them to talk to me before they do something silly again but since it does e-mail and age of empires just fine they didn't seem to care too much. Still, they could have gotten something better for the money.
Usually, the best overclockers are the lowest speed CPU. They do not necessarly reach the highest speed, but they usually have lot more "headroom".
For example : the AMD Barton 2500+ is often prefer to the 3200+, because it can be clocked in the same speed range for a fraction of the price. The same thing for Northwood Pentium 4 CPU, the best overclocker's are the 2.4GHz to 2.8GHz versions. They cost less and can reach appr. the same speed. It's why I would get a Celeron D 2.8GHz, it will reach nearly the same speed when overclocked, and it will cost less.
It's tricky to use words like <b><font color=green>AMD</font color=green></b> or <b><font color=blue>Intel</font color=blue></b> in a signature some users could think your are biased.
I think you mean the 2.6 Ghz. Is this a Northwood chip?
Intel® Pentium® 4 - 2.8B-GHz @ 533Mhz w/ 512k
It costs ~$50 canadian more I wonder if its worth it. My mobo supports 533 bus only. It will cost me ~50 for a zalman fan for the celeron when I choose to overclock it so I don't know if it makes sense.
The OC is not quite up to expectations. At 3.8, it seems to be on par with the xp-3200. It would need to beat that by > 10% to keep up with the xp-m 2500's OCing potential.
Oh well, for the price, and Intel, and for those who would sacrifice perf for a name it's a good chip.
And have you seen the overclock people are getting from Barton mobile?
IMO Intel has made a great step from junk to a CPU, at least something you can talk and not laugh. There is still a gap between Celeron and similar priced AMD CPUs, but is not as big as before.
I want to see if 3.8Ghz are "predictable/standard" overclock gain or just a very lucky one. And also when talking about overclocked CPUs, we should compare a 3.8Ghz Celeron with a 2.4Ghz Barton. Don't know of any review yet.
Still looking for a <b>good online retailer</b> in Spain :frown: