Chris Connolly van GamePC brengt ons een review van de momenteel snelste low-end Intel CPU die leverbaar is, de Celeron 600. Na wat overklokken bleek de Celly 600 succesvol op 900MHz de benchmarks te doorstaan, wat resulteerde in een winst van tot een dikke 50%. Echt indrukwekkend is dit echter niet aangezien de performance dan nog niet boven die van een Coppermine 650E kan komen.
It's not that the new Celerons are bad chips, they do serve their purpose (which is for basic desktop computing) perfectly fine. Gamers shouldn't be impressed with the super-high clock speeds that an overclocked Celeron rig can have, as the performance doesn't show through in making their favorite games faster. Most of us would simply be better at buying a lower-end Coppermine for the same price, and getting nearly 1/3 better performance in most applications.
It appears the throne of price/performance king has moved from the Celeron line to AMD's Athlon line, for now at least, as these new Celerons are just breaking our hearts with their disappointing performance. Low-end users should definitely keep a sharp eye out next month for AMD's Duron processors, which offer just about everything the Athlon has, but also offers on-die cache and a sleek new Socket-A format, not to mention a very nice price tag.