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Celeron @ 504 MHz - Part 1

By Kan
Hardware One


Kickass. That's the word.

+ = KickAss

The ABIT BH6 and the Intel Celeron 300A is one of the best combo around to get. This combo is selling for a disgusting price of around S$349 (US$212) and there is no reason why you should not get one today!

Overclocking has never been easier before. My first overclocking experience was way back to the time when I overclock my 486SX-25 to a whopping 33 MHz speed. Even though it's only an increase of 8 Mhz by today standards, it's a whole world of difference at that time.

On 24th August, Intel announces the new 300A and 333 based on the new Mendocino core. That's a whopping 19 million transistors packed in the processor, compared to the older Covington 266 and 300 Celerons with 7.5 million transistors.

The main difference between the Mendocino and Covington is that the Mendocino features 128K of fully integrated L2 cache. The cache runs at full speed of what the processor is running, i.e. the cache of the 300A runs at 300 Mhz. Meanwhile, the Pentium II L2 cache runs at half speed, i.e. Pentium II 300 MHz cache runs at 150 MHz.

To quote what Tom's Hardware said:

The new Celeron is indeed a whole lot different to its predecessor. The Celeron 300A and the Celeron 333 comes now with an internal on-die 2nd level cache of 128 kB, which is even running at CPU clock frequency and thus faster than the 2nd level cache of a Pentium II running at only half the CPU clock frequency. This accelerates the new Celerons to a speed that’s virtually identical to the speed of Pentium II CPUs at the same clock speed. Office applications, 3D games and even 3D rendering programs do hardly make any difference between 512 kB 2nd level cache running at half the CPU clock or 128 kB 2nd level cache running at CPU clock. There may be some software that takes particular advantage of the larger L2 cache of the Pentium II but at the same time there may be software that takes advantage of the faster L2 cache of the new Celerons.

Now comes ABIT with the Soft Menu Technology.You do not need to worry about jumpers anymore. Just go to the BIOS setup, select the Front Side Bus frequency you want, select the voltage, tweak a few more settings and you are set to run your Celeron 300A at 450 MHz or above.

The 300A I used is from week 41, SL32A, MALAY, retail version.

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