Testing the Chip

We have split the performance section of this review into two separate areas.  The first set of tests will illustrate the performance of the Celeron 800 in our standard CPU test bed.  The second set of tests will illustrate the performance of the Celeron 800 in a simulated system configuration which will be very close to what you will be able to find in retail/mail order stores. 

The two sets of tests are targeted at two different audiences.  The first set is intended for those that intend to custom build their own setups using one of the compared processors.  The second set is intended for those that will be shooting for the lowest possible price with a configuration without primary concern for performance, mainly the OEMs and system integrators as well as those looking to purchase a retail system based on one of the compared processors. 

Windows 98SE / 2000 Test System



Intel Celeron 800
Intel Celeron 766
Intel Celeron 566
AMD Duron 800
AMD Duron 600
CyrixIII 667 (Samuel2)
Motherboard(s) ASUS CUSL2 ASUS A7V Gigabyte GA-6VX7-4X

256MB PC133 Corsair SDRAM (Micron -7E CAS2)

Hard Drive

IBM Deskstar 30GB 75GXP 7200 RPM Ultra ATA/100


Phillips 48X

Video Card(s)

NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS 32MB DDR (default clock - 200/166 DDR)


Linksys LNE100TX 100Mbit PCI Ethernet Adapter


Operating System

Windows 98 SE
Windows 2000 Professional SP1

Video Drivers

NVIDIA Detonator3 v6.31 @ 1024 x 768 x 16 @ 75Hz
NVIDIA Detonator3 v6.31 @ 1280 x 1024 x 32 (SPECviewperf) @ 75Hz
VIA 4-in-1 4.24A was used for all VIA based boards

Benchmarking Applications


Unreal Tournament 4.32 Reverend's Thunder.dem
Quake III Arena v1.16n demo001.dm3
MDK2 Timedemo
Expendable Timedemo


BAPCo SYSMark 2000
Ziff Davis Media Content Creation Winstone 2001
Ziff Davis Media Business Winstone 2001
SPECviewperf 6.1.2

The Chip Business/Content Creation Application Performance - Win2K
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