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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to A+ (Core Hardware)
 9  Chapter 0010:  CPUs
      9  V  Pentium Family CPUs

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Celeron

Market forces drove the price of a PC to the point where it could be used as a premium gift. And the year 2000 saw the "free PC" tied to 3 years of Internet Service Provider (ISP). Naturally, this put pressure on all vendors to have a more entry-level product. Introduced first in the SEC package is the Celeron. The early Celeron was a market disaster. Because it was released with absolutely zero Level 2 cache. Performance of this CPU series was laughable. Quickly Intel saw its mistake. With this they put cache into the Celeron, making it a viable contender in the low-end market, as well as causing AMD some fits.

Celeron – The Sequel

Take the Willamette core (.18 Micron) of the Pentium IV, cut the cache in half to 128KB, switch to the mPGA 478 socket, start at 1.7Ghtz, and you have a 'new' Celeron CPU. Northwood based Celeron CPU should be available in 2003. Supporting different types of modern RAM (with a host of new chipsets), Celeron is returning the kick in the head at the sensitive price point that the Duron delivered with a solid reply.


Which of course begs the question, what happened to Cyrix and AMD? A tale of two competitors and their wildly different stories is the next topic.


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