Intel boosts Celeron clock speed to 2.6GHz

— 3:35 AM on June 26, 2003

Intel is cranking up the clock speed of its budget processor line again, adding 2.5 and 2.6GHz Celeron chips to the mix. The new chips stick to the same 400MHz front-side bus and paltry 128KB of L2 cache as the rest of Intel's Celeron family, but should be popular in OEM and business systems.

The 2.5 and 2.6GHz chips will cost $89 and $103, respectively—nearly half the price of similarly-clocked Pentium 4 processors. And, though AMD's "+" rating scheme was never officially designed to index Athlons against Pentium 4 or even Celeron processors, it's worth noting that the Athlon XP 2500+ and 2600+ are available for as little as $89 and $93 online.

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