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help a dumb-ass out... celeron vs pentium


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processing power and lotsa RAM makes a difference for your applications

so it would be advisable to go for a pentium 4 with a decent chunk of ram (atleast 512)

Although the celeron's have the same "clockspeed" i.e. 2.4 ghz that you see advertised on p4's, the p4's get information sent to them faster, thus can cope with demanding tasks like multimedia editing more competantly

celerons I think are really more appropriate for casual computer use
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simply put:

celeron = good enuff for runnin word/excel/office apps..etc
p4 = games/multimedia/etc

just got a P4 2.8c (w/hyperthreading) this weekend.. so sweet

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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.
When you sort all this out and compare the two chips side by side, it turns out that a Celeron and a Pentium 4 chip running at the same speed are different beasts. The smaller L2 cache size and slower bus speeds can mean serious performance differences depending on what you want to do with your computer. If all you do is check e-mail and browse the Web, the Celeron is fine, and the price difference can save you a lot of money. If you want the fastest machine you can buy, then you need to go with the Pentium 4 to get the highest clock speeds and the fastest system bus.
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Originally posted by dj_dopamine
it would be multimedia stuff -- graphics and music, mostly.

you are kidding right..IF ANYONE WANTS TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOW A MAC HANDLES MULTI MEDIA AND A PC just go to any flash site and watch the mac struggle with vector graphics... there is a reason all editing suites have switched over to pc... there is no comparison...NONE... even if the mac is clocked at a higher speed it doens't do mulittasking...it has to read the position of the mouse pointer a million times a second using up all of it cpu in doing so...open up several window in both, side by side and trying doing something..the difference is obvious...


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celerons are like chocolate chip cookies, while pentiums are like smartie cookies from Subway, both good, but you'll see the difference.
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