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Take Two: Dual Celeron in Action!

The Dual Celeron System

Since the Celeron 'Mendocino'-core is nothing more than a Deschutes with integrated 128 kB L2 Cache, of course it also features the dual processor capabilities. Removing them would have required some redesigning of the CPU core, which would have cost just too much money. Intel went the easier way and simply cut the required contact to the chipset. Now all we have to do is restoring this link which you can do best by getting the Asus or MSI converter board. I used the following environment for the tests:

  • Motherboards : Maxtium BXAD, Tyan S1836 and MSI MS6120.
  • Memory : Siemens 128 MB PC-100 SDRAM with ECC
  • Video :Hercules Dynamite TNT with nVIDIA Drivers 0.48
  • CPUs :2 Pentium II 400 or 2 Celeron 400 CPUs
  • Harddisks :Adaptec 2940UW Controller with 2 IBM DVGS 9 GB harddisks
  • OS: Windows NT 4.0 Server, Service Pack 4.

The basic benchmark was Highend Winstone 99. To show the power of a dual CPU system I had it run twice with other tasks running:

  1. Single Highend Winstone 99
  2. Highend Winstone 99 + 800 MB WinZIP files compression
  3. Highend Winstone 99 + 800 MB WinZIP files compression + CDI/MPEG video playback with Xing MPEG Player 3.3

  4. To make the CPU load as high as possible, Winstone ran from harddisk 1, WinZIP on the 2nd harddisk and the CDI video from an IDE CD-ROM.
  5. Last but not least I had 3D Studio Max R2 rendering flaresun.max.