It seems that Intel is starting to get used to being one step ahead of AMD, at least in clock speed. Following the, not so flattering comparison of the Celeron 1.1 GHz to AMD's recently released economy model, the 1.1GHz Duron, Intel decided it was time to pull the ace from its sleeve.
The 1.2GH Celeron has materialized on the, so called, economy processor market and it boasts quite a few improvements. The new Intel offering includes additional design features, such as 256 KB of on-chip, level-two cache with a high-bandwidth interface to the processor core.
While we wait for the inevitable explosion of benchmarking and evaluation tests of the chip, it is obvious that once more Intel have to answer one question.
What does the phrase "economy processor" really mean? In 1,000-unit quantities, the desktop Intel Celeron processor at 1.20 GHz is priced at $103.
This means that we all have a choice of purchasing a 1.2GHz Celeron, at a retail price of USD 110 or an Athlon 1.4 GHz processor for exactly the same price.
I know which one I'll get.