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
||ASUS Maximus Extreme
||GeForce 8800 G|