Intel Celeron 925 debuts in Dell and Acer laptops

Less than a month left before a launch of Sandy Bridge microarchitecture and new high-performance Core i5 and Core i7 desktop and mobile microprocessors. It is expected that at about the same time Intel will also introduce less expensive mobile models, based on enhanced Nehalem microarchitecture. In addition to these budget models, built on yesteryear technology, there will be one low budget standard-power CPU, built on almost obsolete Core microarchitecture. This processor is a single-core Celeron 925, clocked at 2.3 GHz. Like its predecessor, Celeron 900, the 925 utilizes 800 MHz Front side bus. As the processor is intended for low budget notebook PCs, all its features are extremely basic - 1 MB of L2 cache, 35 Watt Thermal Design Power, and minimum set of technologies, including 64-bit and XD (Execute Disable) bit. Performance of the new processor is expected to be a few percent higher than the performance of the Celeron 900.

Hewlett-Packard added support for this CPU to several notebooks, specifically, to Compaq Presario CQ56 / HP G56, and Compaq Presario CQ62 / HP G62 (2MB PDF file) notebook PCs.

Dell already ships Intel Celeron 925 in a Vostro 1015 business notebook in several countries. Dell Japan lists Vostro 1015 laptop with Celeron 925 microprocessor at discounted price 42,980 Yen, or $529. At that price, the Vostro notebook includes 15.6" display, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, and DVD super drive. The discount 36,710 Yen ($452) for this model is pretty steep, but even with the discount the Vostro 1015 with very weak processor and 1 GB of memory seems overpriced.

In US, the Celeron 925 is available in Acer Aspire 5336-2634 notebook, sold by brick-and-mortar retailer Microcenter. At much lower price than the Dell Vostro 1015, the Acer Aspire laptop includes very similar display, HDD and DVD components, and offers twice as much system memory. The Aspire 5336 also comes with Intel 4500M graphics, 2-in-1 Media reader and 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, and should be good for anybody, who needs very basic functionality at a bargain price.

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