Intel Celeron P4600 processor review
The Intel Celeron P4600 has two cores and is clocked at 2 GHz. The Intel Celeron P4600 is the big brother of the Intel Celeron P4500 which is also a dual core part at 1.86 GHz.
The Celeron P4600 is based on the Arrandale architecture, the same architecture used in the intel core i3 and core i5 processors. The Arrandale architecture makes the Celeron P4600 processor substantially strong in performance. The best part is the integrated DDR3 memory controller, which not only simplifies the motherboard design but also improves the processor to memory transfer rate.
The Celeron P4600 however, does not support the turbo boost technology as in the core i5 processor. It therefore suffers from the same drawback as the core i3 processors. There are additional drawbacks in the Celeron P4600. The hyperthreading in the Celeron P4600 is disabled, which essentially means your will find slightly sluggish performance in applications requiring multiple threads running in parallel. The L3 cache memory in the Celeron P4600 is only 2 MB as compared to 3 MB Cache memory in the core i3 processors.
The Celeron P4600 does support hardware vitualization, which helps if you are having two operating systems ( Linux, Windows, MAC) and you need to switch between them.
Rated at 35 Watts, the Celeron P4600 processor is built with 32 nm technology. Its memory controller and the graphics controller are built with 45 nm technology.
The celeron P4600 processor is expected to have better performance than the similarly clocked Core 2 processor because of the integrated memory controller.
It looks like intel did not want to loose the Celeron brand name that it developed over the years. The brand does has a lot of value as customer can relate to a known brand name. But you must remember that the Celeron P4600 is ready to shrugg off its image as low performing processor. You may also like to take a look at Intel Pentium P6000 processor, another member of the Arrandale family which has 3 MB of Level 3 Cache as compared to the 2 MB Cache in Celeron P4600. The Hyperthreading in the Pentium P6000 is disabled which makes it inferior to the Core i3 processors.