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Intel Low-End Processors

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We continue our series of large-scale tests aimed at dotting all i's in regard to various processor families of AMD and Intel -- if not for good, then at least for a long time. In the previous review we took a look at the entire Athlon 64 X2 family. This time we are going to review three entire processor series at once: Intel Celeron based on the new core, Intel Celeron dual-core and Intel Pentium dual-core (also known as "Pentium E2xxx").

Moreover, as a bonus to performance tests, we have a great reason to discuss how the number of cores and cache size affects performance. Because today four processors have the same 2 GHz clock rate: single-core Celeron 440 (512 KB L2), dual-core Celeron E1400 (also 512 KB L2), dual-core Pentium E2180 (1024 KB L2) and dual-core Core 2 Duo E4400 (2048 KB L2).

Also, as the title implies, there's a couple of not so obvious surprises related to comparative performance of processors from different series. At least, we were really surprised to see certain test results.

Hardware and software

Testbed configuration

CPU Mainboard Memory Video
Intel processors ASUS Maximus Extreme Corsair CM3X1024-1800C7DIN GeForce 8800 G