Differences between Intel Celeron and Intel Pentium 4 processors?

Question

What's the difference between a celeron and a pentium processor? Advantages & limitations of one compared to the other.

Answer

This question was answered on January 14, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Here are the most important similarities and differences between the Pentium 4 and the Celeron chips coming out today:

Core - The Celeron chip is based on a Pentium 4 core

Cache - Celeron chips have less cache memory than Pentium 4 chips do A Celeron might have 128 kilobytes of L2 cache, while a Pentium 4 can have four times that The amount of L2 cache memory can have a big effect on performance

Clock speed - Intel manufactures the Pentium 4 chips to run at a higher clock speed than Celeron chips The fastest Pentium 4 might be 60 percent faster than the fastest Celeron

Bus speed - There are differences in the maximum bus speeds that the processors allow Pentium 4s tend to be about 30 percent faster than Celerons

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 14, 2004