Intel Celeron

by Anand Lal Shimpi on August 25, 1998 3:17 PM EST
How I Tested
  • Wait for VSYNC was disabled during the tests
  • Canopus' Supplied Pure3D II Drivers were used in conjunction with the Millennium II AGP Drivers
  • The Memory Clock was set at 100MHz
  • Quake 2 v3.14 was used; The full version of Turok was used, not the downloadable demo.

3D Gaming Performance - Frame Rates
266MHz (66 x 4.0)

Quake 2 Turok TMark

Processor

Demo 1
800 x 600
Demo 2
800 x 600
Glide
640 x 480
Direct3D
800 x 600
AMD K6 --- --- --- ---
Intel Celeron 54.5 49.3 103.3 67.3
Intel Pentium II 59.8 57.4 125.2 87.4

  

3D Gaming Performance - Frame Rates
300MHz (75 x 4.0)

Quake 2 Turok TMark

Processor

Demo 1
800 x 600
Demo 2
800 x 600
Glide
640 x 480
Direct3D
800 x 600
AMD K6 35.1 34.4 86.4 60.8
Intel Celeron 59.8 57.9 119.1 78.7
Intel Pentium II 63.3 61.5 141.8 99.7

 

3D Gaming Performance - Frame Rates
333MHz (83 x 4.0)

Quake 2 Turok TMark

Processor

Demo 1
800 x 600
Demo 2
800 x 600
Glide
640 x 480
Direct3D
800 x 600
AMD K6 37.2 36.0 93.5 67.4
Intel Celeron 63.1 61.1 123.4 88.9
Intel Pentium II 65.0 63.2 160.8 110.6

The Celeron is about 8% slower than an equivalently clocked Pentium II under Quake 2 and other Glide/OpenGL/D3D games.  The Celeron leaves the poor K6 in the dust, producing frame rates around 50% higher than an equivalently clocked K6 under Quake 2.  It looks like Intel has a wonderful, low cost, gaming chip on their hands.  Does this make up for the lack-luster Business Application performance?  That's up to you, the consumer, to decide.

Business/High End Application Performance Disk I/O Performance
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  • Remingtonh - Sunday, November 21, 2010 - link

    I'm thinking since the celeron will be such a massive upgrade from my 486DX/2-66, at an attractive price, I'll go for it.

    I saw a nice HP Tower at frys with the 266 Celeron at a very affordable price. My question is, since it's slot-1, will I likely be able to replace it with a pentium II at a later date once prices go down? Will it be compatible?
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