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The current refresh of the Intel Celeron processor family is a definite success. New dual-core Celeron processors from the E3000 series made an extremely favorable impression. Due to the new core manufactured with 45 nm process these CPUs have significantly increased their performance, improved their overclocking potential and lowered their power-consumption appetites compared with their E1000 series predecessors. And keeping in mind that E1000 series will be replaced with the new E3000 series without any price changes but by simply replacing the old models with the new ones, Celeron E3300 and E3200 can be regarded not only as a primitive “socket plug” but as a very attractive solution that will save you a lot of money.

At the same time, Celeron E3300 and E3200 offer not only excellent price-to-performance ratio. These CPUs are quite energy-efficient and are fast enough not only for the simplest tasks. Therefore, they may become a great choice for small quiet computer systems of HTPC type. For example, with a Mini-ITX mainboard based on something like GeForce 9300, Celeron E3300 and E3200 will suit perfectly as a basis for an inexpensive computer that will be much more universal than the one based on aggressively promoted Nvidia ION platform.

In conclusion I would only like to add that by launching new Celeron processors Intel managed to take over the leadership in the low-cost price segment. These 45 nm CPUs turned out better in all aspects than their competitors, AMD Athlon X2, still manufactured with the old 65 nm process. So now the only thing AMD can do to oppose their rival worthily is to move their Athlon II X2 solutions into the lowest price segment.

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