Good Old Newbie: Intel's Celeron 1.7 GHz for Socket 478

The Main Competitor: AMD Duron

AMD has given Intel quite a hard time - all versions of the Duron have clearly been faster than the Celeron at the same clock speed. Until today, the has had the big advantage in that it can make use of the same platform, the same chipsets and the same type of memory that is used by the Athlon and the Athlon XP. Naturally, a Duron paired with DDR memory would always be faster than a Celeron with conventional SDRAM. Now, the Duron no longer has this advantage, because the Celeron 1.7 GHz gives you the option of using various chipsets, DDR-SDRAM and even RDRAM.

Duron / Celeron Comparison Table

Processor Duron 1.3 GHz Celeron 1.3 GHz Celeron 1.7 GHz
CPU core Morgan Tualatin Willamette
Production process 0.18 µm 0.13 µm 0.18 µm
CPU-Plattform Sockel 462 Sockel 370 Sockel 478
CPU Front-Side-Bus 200 MHz double-pumped 100 MHz 400 MHz quad-pumped
L1 Cache 128 kB 32 kB  
L1 Cache Access CPU clock CPU clock CPU clock
L2 Interface 64 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit
L2 Cache 64 kB 256 kB 128 kB
L2 clock CPU clock CPU clock CPU clock
L2 Cache range 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Architecture and Memory
Memory Clock 133 MHz 100 MHz SDRAM: 100, 133 MHz
RDRAM: 400 MHz
Chipsets VIA KT133A, KT266, KT266A, KT333
SiS 735, 745
ALi Magik 1
Nvidia nForce
AMD 750 and 760
Intel 815EPT
VIA Apollo 133/T
Apollo Pro 266/T
SiS 633/635T
Intel 850, 850E
Intel 845/D
Intel 845E, 845G
VIA P4X266/A, P4X333
Extended Instruction Sets
MMX Yes Yes Yes
3D Now Yes no no
3D Now+ yes no no
SSE Yes Yes yes
SSE2 No no yes
Electrical Data
Multiprocessing no no no
Core voltage 1.45 to 1.75 V 1.30 to 1.65 V 1.75 V
Power (max.) 43 W 29 W ~ 57 W
Amperage 47 Ampere 50 Ampere ~ 47 Ampere
Thermal diode yes yes yes
Protective Circuit no yes Yes
Price $ 84 $ 74 $ 83
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