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Memory upgrade on Celeron v. Pentium....

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Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 5:58 am:   

Am I corrrect that memory is a more important consideration for a Celeron than it is for a Pentium 4?

My thinking is this: since the Pentium is designed to multi-task much better than the Celeron, a Celeron would need more memory to get roughly the same level of performance that a Pentium of the same clock-speed would get.

So...a 2.7 GHZ Celeron with 256 MB of RAM would need more memory perform at roughly the same level as a 2.7 GHZ Pentium if it were running a lot of CPU intensive applications at the same time? Right?

The ultimate question, I guess, is this: if you buy a Celeron, are you likely to give back in the cost of memory upgrades the money you saved by not buying a Pentium?
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Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 8:16 pm:   

L2 cache and front side bus come into play as well. The celeron has half the L2 cache as it's big brother the P4 so data can't be fed into it as frequently thus causing lag and a bottleneck of sorts..

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