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Friday, 09 July 2010 11:19

Intel to kill off Celerons in 2011

Written by Fudzilla staff


Dual Atoms and Pentiums to fill the gap
According to Digitimes, Intel has told its notebook partners that it will phase out Celeron processors in 2011. The venerable Celerons will be replaced by dual-core Atom processors as well as some Pentium SKUs.

We’re already seen a couple of dual-core Atoms in unannounced netbooks, the CPUs are slated to go on sale soon, during this quarter. The 1.5GHz Atom N550 should be the first mobile dual-core Atom to appear. However, at $86 it costs the same as a P4500, which is a proper dual-core processor, so it doesn’t sound like a very good deal.

Intel has relied on several Celeron processors in the entry level market, ranging from the single core Celeron 900 to the dual-core P4500. It also offers two Celeron ULV parts for thin-and-light notebooks. Intel will introduce several faster Celeron SKUs by September, but they will obviously have a limited lifespan.

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+7 #1 Marburg_U 2010-07-09 12:53
How can it be "replaced" by Atom? I mean , they have 2 completely different segments in the market.
It's like replacing a city car with a moped and say it's fine.
 
 
+3 #2 nele 2010-07-09 14:28
Quoting Marburg_U:
How can it be "replaced" by Atom? I mean , they have 2 completely different segments in the market.
It's like replacing a city car with a moped and say it's fine.


I agree, it makes no sense, but I guess it's better for marketing - i.e. putting a "dual-core" sticker on a pathetically underpowered notebook.

Also, at $86 it's overpriced.
 
 
+1 #3 gozzak 2010-07-09 16:45
Wow! This is really sad news.
I build around a dozen or so PCs per year for family, friends, relo's, work colegues etc, and over the years I've built some OUTSTANDING Celeron machines. For a basic user who just wants to surf the web, play music, copy a DVD, run MS Office - the Celeron has been an amazing CPU. I swear - some of the Celeron machines I have built with minor overclocks, appear to have boot times and snappiness quicker than dual or quad core machines at times.

I`m really going to miss those little critters.
 
 
+4 #4 pogsnet 2010-07-09 18:47
They have to go since you can choose between Corei3-7 or Core2Dud - Pentium and if you want more slower you can have the Atom. So you don't really need another more slower processor name. It is just a name anyway.

If I built a cheaper rig, I go for AMD which is faster than that puny Celeron.
 
 
-4 #5 jon 2010-07-09 19:14
The Celeron 430 1.8GHz is probably one of my favorite chips of all time. I had that thing clocked at 3.33GHz on stock cooling and it was nearly the equivalent of an Athlon FX-57 at 3.16GHz ;-)

It's been a great adventure Celeron. May you rest in peace.
 
 
+4 #6 nele 2010-07-09 22:03
The best Celerons ever were the first-gen A series, Mendocino core if my memory serves me right... You could clock them from 300MHz to 450MHz just by pushing the FSB up to 100MHz. :lol:

I totally agree with Pogsnet - anyone looking for a cheap rig should go AMD. They've got better chipsets with better IGPs and they just offer better value for money.

Also, a lot of people have old DDR2 laying around, and it's still a pretty good choice for AMD-based systems as they don't experience the same performance boost with DDR3 like Intel.
 

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