Intel Processors, Pentium IV, Celeron, Centrino, Prescott, Willamette, ????

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Carol, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Carol

    Carol Guest

    I was reading up on processors at the _How_ _Stuff_ _Works_ website. I think
    I have all the words right in my title. Centrino's are the mobile ones used
    in laptops, yes? Celerons are like budget Pentiums, smaller cache and not
    good for multitaskers and gamers, yes? And Pentiums are the workhorses,
    multitasking is easy. Then there are all these core platforms they are built
    on. Early P IV's built on one platform are said to be not as good as the
    later ones built on the newer platform. The older P IV platform is now the
    core of the Celeron. What problems did older P IV's have before the newer
    platform core was introduced? How do you know which one is in your PC? I
    know that my 2003 model Evo has a P IV 2.53 GHz processor with a FSB of 533
    MHz. All these terms get confusing, even after reading up on the web. Simple
    layman's explanation devoid of computerese would help. ;-)

    Carol, Jul 8, 2004
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  2. Carol

    DeMoN LaG Guest

    Centrino is a mobile package. The CPU in Centrino based laptops are
    Pentium Ms (as in, Pentium Mobile). Centrino just shows it has a Pentium
    M and built in wireless technology.
    Celerons are crippled Pentiums. Less cache, a much slower front side
    bus. Not really "good" for anything, but for office work they are more
    than adaquate.
    Multitasking is no easier on a Pentium than it is on a Celeron, or an AMD
    Athlon based chip.
    They didn't have any "problems", they just got outdated.
    You have a Pentium 4 based on the Northwood core. The tricky part is
    Intel now sells P4 2.53 ghz processors with 533mhz FSBs that are based on
    the Prescott core.
    DeMoN LaG, Jul 9, 2004
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  3. Carol

    Stuart Guest

    Plus power saving capabilities.

    Or if you are on a budget.
    Yes, the OP seems to be ignoring AMD.
    The OP can also search google for a free program called wcpuid, this
    little program will show useful information regarding the chip, memory
    and mobo.

    Stuart, Jul 9, 2004
  4. Carol

    Carol Guest

    Thanks guys. Great little program too.

    Carol, Jul 11, 2004
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