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Intel Low-End Processors

It's not as obvious as it seems.

September 11, 2008



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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 GTX

  • RAM: 4 x 1GB
  • HDD: Samsung HD401LJ (SATA-2)
  • Coolers: Thermaltake TMG i1, TMG a1
  • PSU: Cooler Master RS-A00-EMBA

CPU Core clock, MHz FSB clock, MHz Multiplier Memory clock, MHz Number of cores L1 I/D cache, KB* L2 cache, KB** Socket Process technology, nm TDP***
Celeron 420 1600 200 (800) 8 400 (800) 1 32/32 512 LGA775 65 35
Celeron 430 1800 200 (800) 9 400 (800) 1 32/32 512 LGA775 65 35
Celeron 440 2000 200 (800) 10 400 (800) 1 32/32 512 LGA775 65 35
Celeron E1200 1600 200 (800) 8 400 (800) 2 32/32 512 LGA775 65 65
Celeron E1400 2000 200 (800) 10 400 (800) 2 32/32 512 LGA775 65 65
Pentium E2140 1600 200 (800) 8 400 (800) 2 32/32 1024 LGA775 65 65
Pentium E2160 1800 200 (800) 9 400 (800) 2 32/32 1024 LGA775 65 65
Pentium E2180 2000 200 (800) 10 400 (800) 2 32/32 1024 LGA775 65 65
Pentium E2200 2200 200 (800) 11 400 (800) 2 32/32 1024 LGA775 65 65
Pentium E2220 2400 200 (800) 12 400 (800) 2 32/32 1024 LGA775 65 65
Core 2 Duo E4300 1800 200 (800) 9 400 (800) 2 32/32 2048 LGA775 65 65
Core 2 Duo E4400 2000 200 (800) 10 400 (800) 2 32/32 2048 LGA775 65 65
Core 2 Duo E4500 2200 200 (800) 11 400 (800) 2 32/32 2048 LGA775 65 65
Core 2 Duo E4600 2400 200 (800) 12 400 (800) 2 32/32 2048 LGA775 65 65

* Per single core in multi-core processors.
** "X x Y" means "X KB per each of Y cores".
*** Specified differently in Intel and AMD processors, so a direct comparison would be incorrect.

Software


Application 64-bit Multi-threaded*
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 + +
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 + +
Autodesk 3ds max 9 SP2 + +
V-Ray 1.5 SP1 + +
Autodesk Maya 2008 Ultimate + +
NewTek Lightwave 3D 9.2 + +
SolidWorks 2007SP0.0 + +
PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0M120 + -
UGS NX55.0.0.25 + +
Wolfram Research Mathematica 6 + +
MapleSoft Maple 11 - +
MathWorks MATLAB 2007 + +
Adobe Photoshop CS3 10.0 - +
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 + +
Apache HTTP Server 2.2.8 - +
PHP 5.2.5 - +
MySQL Community Server 5.0.51a - +
ACDSee 10 Photo Manager - +
xat.com Image Optimizer 5.10 - -
IrfanView 4.10 - -
XnView 1.93.4 - -
Paint.NET 3.30 + +
7-Zip4.57 + +
WinRAR 3.71 - +
UltimateZip 3.2 - -
FLAC 1.2.1 - -
LAME-MT3.97 + +
Musepack MPC Encoder 1.16 - -
Nero Digital Audio Encoder 1.1.34.2 - +
Ogg Encoder 2.83 (Lancer) - +
Canopus ProCoder 3.0 - +
DivX Codec 6.8.2 - +
XviD Codec 1.1.3 Final - -
x264 Codec rev 807 - +
VirtualDub 1.8.0 - +
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Patch 1.5) - +
Call of Juarez (Patch 1.1.0.0) + DX10 Enhancements Pack - -
Crysis (Patch 1.2) + +
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (Patch 1.006) - +
Unreal Tournament 3 (Patch 1.2) - +
Company of Heroes (Patch 1.71) - +
World in Conflict (Patch 1.007) - +

* Means that two or more simultaneously active threads are actually present during tests; not just the fact that a process generates several threads.


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