The first results we got in SYSmark 2007 suite that tests the system performance in real applications of different sort show very clearly that Intel has made a tremendous step forward towards improving their budget solutions. The junior CPU from the new Celeron family working at 2.4 GHz frequency runs 15% faster than the top Celeron CPU from the previous generation. Thanks to this significant performance breakthrough, Celeron E3300 and E3200 are confidently ahead their competitor from the AMD Athlon X2 family.
It is important to point out that the transition of Celeron processor family to a more advanced core improved their performance so significantly, that they became faster than Pentium CPUs from E2000 series based on 65 nm cores from Allendale generation. However, enhanced Celeron CPUs still cannot compete against Pentium E5000 series processors, which is actually not surprising considering the fact that both these processors use the same cores, but Pentium CPU boasts twice as large L2 cache. Reduction of the L2 cache size to 1 MB results in about 7% fallback for Celeron E3000 compared with Pentium E5000 working at the same clock frequencies.