Intel brings the Celeron D – that happened on June 24th. Every day, PC Games Hardware dares to take a look back at the young but eventful history of the computer.
… 2004: Simplified, cheap versions of current Intel processors have been around for decades – this tradition began with the 8088, which was used in IBM’s first PC. And since the days of the Pentium 2, this line of cheap CPUs has also had its own name: Celeron. Depending on the generation, the Celeron fails sometimes more slowly, sometimes faster; the first version had to do without an L2 cache and thus got a bad reputation, the last version based on Pentium 4 was also one of the slower ones with its small L2 caches and low clock frequencies. But these will be replaced on June 24th: by the Celeron D. It is based on the Prescott core of the Pentium 4 and, with 256 KiByte, has twice as much L2 cache as its predecessor. It also has a 533 FSB and initially runs with it up to 2.8 GHz – this makes the Celeron D a very respectable entry-level chip with good overclockability in some cases. However, the name of the single core – the “D” stands for “Desktop” – leads to confusion when the big brother Pentium D is introduced a year later: The “D” stands for “dual core” in this case.