Intel preparing to kill Celeron processors, not?

By Matthew Smith ยท 14 replies
Jul 9, 2010
  1. A decade ago the Intel Celeron was known as the go-to processor for enthusiasts who wanted performance on a budget. You might recall the processor's early days when it could be aggressively overclocked, and more often than not users were happy to take advantage of the extra performance headroom. Celeron 300A running at 450MHz, anyone?

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

  3. Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Indeed. I don't really think budget enthusiasts have to worry though. Intel will just replace the Celerons with even less expensive Pentiums.

    The rumors also currently focus on laptops, where the whole overclocking thing isn't so popular. Although I doubt Intel would kill the brand for laptops and then keep it for desktops.
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    The advantage of Celerons is that they are sometimes modified Pentiums, which would perhaps fail the full quality assurance test... They don't work like Pentiums, but they work, and many/most people cannot tell the difference.

    For the substantially lower cost, they are good for internet and writing letters and running Quickbooks of home accounting.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    It's hard to kill something that only exists in name only. A fairer assessment of this situation might be "Intel preparing to stop using the Celeron marque".

    Newegg lists 3 "Celeron" CPUs. One is a "Conroe", the other 2 are 'Wolfdales". When I think of a true "Celeron", the term "net burst architecture" springs to mind. As does "Prescott and "Cedar Mill". Ah, the good old days.

    Intel resurrected the "Pentium" trademark after most of the P-4 stigma had been forgotten. Perhaps "Celeron" will just have a short hiatus.
  6. thatguyandrew92

    thatguyandrew92 TS Rookie Posts: 118

    Does the name matter? I thought many different Intel Processors are the same, they just get more and more stripped down.
  7. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    When I hear pentium or celeron, I run
  8. Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This is true. Intel will in effect only be killing a brand, not a processor architecture. This has been the case for about a decade, I believe.
  9. arkantos

    arkantos TS Member Posts: 46

    the dual core will replace it and celeron is history
  10. teklord

    teklord TS Guru Posts: 483

    I had a Celeron during P4 era and it was slow as dirt. It sucked using it to even surf the net or using MS Office. I upgraded to a P4 and it seemed twice as fast. Celerons were created to be cheaper CPUs, not to be powerful ones. This is for entry level PC users only that turn on their PC to check their email only, or to us MS Office. I can't stand them for that even and everyone else should avoid these. I will be glad to see these processors discontinued.
  11. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Celerons have no purpose except to give a market for the defective Pentium processors which eak out along the assembly line. Celerons were not created to be their best, and to live in the market place. Some are defective, most are intentionally crippled, so as to have another plane in the marketing.
    It is well known that a section of any market seeks a product which does less at a lower price. It makes some people feel good to know they thwarted quality, common sense, and good quality.
    The enemy of good is better... but some just naturally like to side with the good if they cannot fine anything lower.
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Celerons are simply lower binned either charge peanuts for them, or throw them away...easy to see why Intel chose the path they have.
    The fact that Celeron models are thin on the ground says more about the number of good dies Intel gets per wafer and process/foundry, rather than a market losing traction.
    So basically, a high leakage ( leaning towards the upper range of the Intel VID spec-incidentally excellent OC material as CC pointed out) part stripped of most of it's L2 cache, at the lowest bus speed/core frequency bin.

    ALL Celerons are defective. It is a product of the binning process until you can get 100% defect free wafer runs. Unless you are talking about the top bin of each line then ALL CPU's are intentionally crippled, otherwise every CPU would have an unlocked multiplier, along with VT-x, VT-d, trusted execution enabled etc.
    As for purpose, well, if they sell then some people find a use for them...and thanks to the single core/netburst/insane voltage configuration they (along with their P4 brethren) are still the only CPU's to break 8GHz...or 7.5GHz for that plenty of very cheap overclocking fun to be had.
  13. barfarf

    barfarf TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Ahhhhh. Sweet memories of the celern 300a. With it's awesome 50% of clock to a pentium 450. It was like getting CPU for 1/4 of th cost. Nice!!! Think between family and friends i had 4 of them.
  14. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Intel has too many CPU's and too many sockets in my opinion. Atom, Celeron, Pentium, Core (i3, i5, i7, Extreme), Xeon. I welcome the simplification and thinning of the line-up. And seriously I hope that they keep a sub $50 CPU in the new line-up.

    I remember the old Slot / Cartridge Celeron CPU's! I used to run my 266 MHz at 400 MHz for years until I could afford to upgrade the system.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    Why the fuss? There are only a couple of CPUs that could only be called "Celeron" in the first place. I'm referring to the single core variants. Newegg only has the 430 L (Conroe) in stock ATM. There are possibly a couple of mobile Celerons still available also.

    Who knows though, the single core issues could be (as DeeBeeZee has thoughtfully alluded to), Conroes with a dead core.

    I think you should all be ashamed of yourselves, badmouthing.these fine CPUs. If they discontinue them, you'll all be hanging around saying things like, "I wish this crappy Atom" was as fast as my old Celee"! :rolleyes:
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