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Use Intel Celeron CPU for a DAW?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Tore Nylund, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. Tore Nylund

    Tore Nylund Guest

    Just a question: Can you use a Intel Celeron CPU on a DAW? If not, why.... ?
    Anyone that have tried it ?
    Thankfull for all input.
  2. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Aug 15, 2003
    IIRC, the Celeron lacks the SSE instruction set. Somebody correct me if i'm wrong. What this means is that those programs that use SSE will lose performance on a Celeron.

  3. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Guest

    As much as I know the Celerons only have half of the cache (256kB instead of 512kB) but are otherwise exactly the same chips as P4's. This makes sense as it gives Intel a way of selling chips that are perfectly fine except for having a defect in one half of the memory. Good money for a chip that didn't pass the final test and would otherwise be scrap!
    As fast cache is also a key factor in determining the speed of a processor which explains that the Celeron has a lower performance than a P4.

    But to really answer Tore's question:
    The Celeron should work just fine, but don't expect the performance of a P4 at the same speed. I don't know how much lower the performance is but I guess 30% is in the range.

    If you happen to have one just use it and see how well it works. If you are thinking about buying one to save a couple of bucks - forget it! Spend a few dollars more and get the real deal (or even better, get a higher performing AthlonXP for the same money).

    Just my opinion (plus some speculation).


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