The true champ?
We've already seen the Celeron 566
and the Celeron 600
, but what about the 533A?
Intel first introduced the new 0.18 micron based Celeron processors with the 566 and 600MHz chips. There have been rumors of a 533 version, and we are happy to report that those rumors are true. There are two types of Celeron 533s out there now. You can still find the original PPGA Celeron 533, but there's also a new FC-PGA Celeron 533A processor. The "A" designates the new FC-PGA versions.
Here's a complete list of Celeron FC-PGA processors from Intel's latest Celeron Specification Update:
We immediately noticed that Intel also has a 500A chip. The 500A might be the processor that'll get you the most bang for the buck since it's likely that the chip will overclock as well as the other Celerons, but cost far less. We're working on locating a couple 500As, but for now we have our 533A results.
As you can see, our 533A looks like all the other FC-PGA processors. We performed a little 533A comparison shopping and we found prices in the $105-115 range. That's a very attractive price, but does the processor actually perform? How well does it overclock? Read on and find out!