As for Intel solutions, we included several representatives of the Celeron family. This manufacturer is more careful when it comes to subordination of their product lineups that is why the CPUs from higher price range almost never fall into the low-end price segment. The cheapest Intel processor in our today’s roundup is a single-core Celeron 450 price officially at $53. I have to say that Intel is formally trying to keep the CPU prices above $50, because they have a different type of solutions, Intel Atom, for the users who look to buy even less expensive systems. However, in reality this rule doesn’t really work too well and the same Celeron 450 for LGA775 systems is often sold at $40-$50. For this amount of money the user can get a single-core CPU on 65 nm Conroe-L core with 512 KB L2 cache and 800 MHz bus support.
For the price of Celeron 450 you can also buy a dual-core Celeron processor on 65 nm Allendale core. We are going to test Celeron E1600. Just like its single-core brother, this processor is equipped with 512 KB L2 cache, which is shared between the two cores. Other than that, it doesn’t boast any remarkable peculiarities, which is, in fact, quite logical, since Celeron E1000 family was launched two years ago and now Intel already has several low-end offerings, which are much more exciting in all respects.
Among these more exciting solutions we would like to mention Celeron E3300, which represents a “new generation” of Celeron processors. This CPU uses a 45 nm core, which microarchitecture is similar to that of the latest LGA755 processors. Although many Celeron features still look pretty limited. This processor, just like the older representatives of this family, uses 800 MHz bus and has only 1 MB of L2 cache. As for the price, it is $53, according to the official price list.
However, not only Celeron processors will represent Intel solutions in our today’s test session. The thing is that with some allowances we could also include the junior Pentium processors into the $35-$60 price range we picked for today’s discussion. They are formally priced at $64, but some retailers are offering these discontinued processor models at way lower prices. Therefore, we will also see Pentium E5200, which in fact doesn’t differ too much from Celeron E3300. Both these processors are based on 45 nm Wolfdale cores, they both work at the same clock frequency and support 800 MHz bus. Pentium E5200 boasts only one advantage: larger 2MB L2 cache.
So, those users who are trying to save some money end up with a pretty good choice. Even by taking one CPU from each class we managed to gather eight processor models that could be used in contemporary value platforms. The detailed formal specifications of our today’s testing participants are summed up in the following table: