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.
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