While it would be easy to recommend the long-awaited third generation of Celeron processors (with SSE instructions), we cannot, because it would be foolish to recommend a product that cannot yet be bought. When these new CPUs are released the story may change, but for the time being, 2nd generation Celeron processors are the most effective budget solution.
Chances are, the Celeron 533 will see its greatest success under the hood of shiny new OEM systems rather then being picked up in the retail market. With such a fierce megahertz battle going on, the 533 demonstrates high clock speed on an affordable platform, and that is the most attractive aspect of the new CPU.
What we won't be sorry to see go is the 66MHz front side bus, which has been with us since the early days of the Pentium processor. So, with the death of the old generation of Celeron CPU's, room will be made for the new processors, which we anxiously look foreword to.
Wat betreft overklokbaarheid hoeven we ook geen wonderen te verwachten: het exemplaar dat door Sharky Extreme werd getest kwam niet boven de 600MHz, wat nauwelijks beter is dan wat we van de goeie ouwe Celeron 366 gewend waren.