<processor> Intel Corporation's trade name for its family of Pentium II
microprocessors meant for use in low-end computers.
The Celeron is constructed on the 0.25 micron Deschutes base. Clock rates of
266, 300 and 333 MHz are supported. It is built on the same daughterboard as the
Pentium II without the black plastic case and heat sink. Four Celeron models are
in production as of October 1998. The 266 and 300 MHz models are essentially
Pentium II CPUs without the Level 2 cache RAM. The 300A and 333 MHz Celerons
include 128k of Level 2 cache.
A special mounting bracket on the motherboard is used to secure the Celeron in
place in its standard 242-pin Slot 1 socket. Intel calls the caseless design
SEPP (Single Edge Processor Package) to differentiate it from the Pentium II SEC
(Single Edge Cartridge). Some believe that the real purpose for the different
mounting configurations is to prevent users from placing lower cost processors
onto Pentium II motherboards.
A Celeron is about one third the cost of a similar speed Pentium II. Hardware
hackers claim that the Celeron 300 without Level 2 cache could be overclocked to
perform as well as a Pentium II at a fraction of the price.
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