Celeron hits 2.3, 2.4GHz
The Inquirer has spotted 2.3 and 2.4GHz Celeron processors for sale, though it looks like the chips are still being held back with only 128KB of L2 cache and a 400MHz front side bus. With the Pentium 4 on the verge of an upgrade to an 800MHz system bus, the performance disparity between Intel's high- and low-end chips is about grow larger.
Apparently, the new Celeron 2.3 and 2.4GHz will be available for $119 and $129, respectively; those prices would make the chips more expensive, at least on the street, than even AMD's Athlon XP 2400+. While I can't imagine that any PC enthusiast would purchase a Celeron over a similarly-priced Athlon XP, the new chips should be popular with consumer and business-targeted systems from large OEMs like Dell.