Battling Brothers: Celeron vs. Pentium 4

Price/ Performance: Celeron Or Cheap Pentium 4?

Don’t let yourself be fooled by pure clock speed. In most of the benchmarks, the Celeron lags considerably behind the Pentium 4. The reason is the smaller L2 cache on the Celeron, which has to get by with only 128 kB. The Pentium 4 based on the Willamette core, on the other hand, has 256 kB. But it’s being phased out in favor of the more modern Northwood core - by refining manufacturing down to 0.13 micrometer structures, Intel has managed to squeeze 512 kB L2 cache onto the chip, which is four times the Celeron’s cache. We used the latest Pentium 4 core for the tests in this article.

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processors Intel Celeron Willamette, 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Northwood, 1.7 GHz
Motherboards ABit BD7, i845D chipset
RAM 256 MB PC266 DDR-SDRAM, CL2, Corsair Micro
Hard Drive IBM DeskStar 60 GXP, IC35L040,40 GB, 7,200 rpm, 2 MB Cache
Other Hardware
Network Card 3COM 3C905TX-B, 100 MBit
Graphics Card ABit Siluro GF3
nVIDIA GeForce 3, 64 MB DDR-RAM
Drivers & Software
Graphics Driver nVIDIA Detonator 4 Series, V 28.32 WHQL
Chipset Driver Intel INF-Update 3.20.1008
Intel Application Accelerator 2.2VIA 4in1 4.37
DirectX Version 8.1
OS Windows 2000 Professional, Service Pack 3, SRP1
Benchmarks & Settings
Quake III Arena Retail Version 1.16command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Benchmark Using DEMO001 und NV15DEMO
3DMark 2001 SE Default Settings, 1024x768x16
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Professional Edition
CPU Arithmetic Benchmark
CPU Multimedia Benchmark
Memory Benchmark
PCMark2002 CPU & Memory Benchmarks
BAPCo SYSmark2002 Office Productivity/ Internet Content Productivity
Lame MP3 Encoding, Version 3.89MMX
WinACE 2.11, 178 MB WAV File
Best compression, 4096 kB dictionary
Xmpeg 4.5 / Divx 5 Pro MPEG-4 Encoding
DivX 5.01 Pro (YV12)
Compression/quality : Slowest
Data Rate : 780 kbit
Format : 720x576 Pixel@25 fps150 MB VOB file, no Audio
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