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Which Processor?

Which processor would be a better choice: an Intel Celeron D 3.06GHz w/256KB L2 Cache or an Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz w/1MB L2 Cache (not a hyperthreading model)?
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(NT) (NT) Pentium 4

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Celeron D...

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it's a tough call, but the Celeron D would most likely perform better

I'm guessing your comparing a 2.4A (i can basically gurantee that...) to a 3.06, so both are Prescott 90nm
and your speed difference there is huge, no HT is shown

it's a tough call, really is
i'd go for whichever is cheaper/includes a fan or some other benefit you like, such as free shipping, or a longer warranty (Intel will give 3 year warranty on everything retail boxed (CPU's), but if the retailer has an extended for one that's free or something)

idk, i'm thinking that Celeron D would be vastly superior
but it's not an easy call

that's a Celeron D 2.8GHZ and a P4 Northwood 2.4
that 2.4 P4 is gonna be slower than that P4 on THG's page, as Prescott is terrible vs same speed Northwoods in the sub-3GHZ range

and that Celeron D isn't as fast as the 3.06

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Pentium 4

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I'd go with the Pentium 4, also. Either one will get the job done. Too bad it's 2.4A. 2.4C is a nice overclocker but more expensive.

-pirates5 (1960 was particularly enjoyable)

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um, the 2.4A...

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is a great overclocker
but i'm doubting he's into OC'ing if he's questioning that

also, the Cel D is an AMAZING overclocker as well

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Have read about OC'ing the 2.4A and Celeron D, never did it though.
OC'd the 2.4C --fun, fun.

My bad: I didn't mean to imply that the 2.4A and Celeron D aren't good OC'ers. It would have been better for me to write that the 2.4C is a better processor in general (800MHz FSB, HT) and that it is a good overclocker. I thought that Yankees26 may heve seen the 2.4C because he did mention that he was considering the 2.4GHz CPU without HT.

OC: Ya' never know about budding OC'ers, if they are willing to build cheap to save money, the next step to OC'ing may not be far off. The consideration was on the table for Yankees26 to take it or leave it.

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L2 cache..

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The P4 has 1mb of L2 cache whereas the C-D has only 256K. This would provide better throughput thus edging out the Celeron. Better I/O numbers I believe.

and life goes on...


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Cache has a lot to do with speed as it stores often retrieved data and more is better. Generally, the Celeron models are bumped down versions of P4's to appeal for the budget consumer market (although they dont stack up too well against the AMD Sempron eqivalent)

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Which Processor?

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It all depends on what type of activities you do.
For surfing Internet, Email and World processing you are not going to see much difference because
these type of activities do not require much of processing power. If you planning to play some games, I would recommend Pentium 4, because it has 1MB of L2 cache, which is more important for games, multitasking and overall performance.

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