Intel Celeron 733 CPU

Nov 29th, 2000 | By

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Intel Celeron 733 CPU

: 11/29/00 – 03:14:40 AM


: Processors

Manufactor: Intel

Price: $119

Thanks to MPL for supplying us with the Celeron 733 CPU.


The Celeron CPUs were introduced by Intel quite a long time ago because consumers demanded cheaper solutions for their bussiness computers at work, for families that couldn’t afford those rather expensive Pentium II/III CPUs, etc. etc. … The Celeron was the answer to all these demands.

Personally, I was pretty anxious to get myself a Celeron 300A (remember those?) some time ago. The 300A was one hell of a CPU; without any additional cooling, this baby ran a stunning 504Mhz right out of the box.

Intel has recently released the Celeron 733 and 766 to compete in the low-end market where also AMDs Duron CPUs can be situated. The Durons appearance to the consumer has been giving Intel a true punch in the face and a kick in the stomach, but I believe we can say Intel can still be considered the low-end market leader for now. However, it’s impossible to tell how long that statement will remain accurate in the near future. I’d say, until the masses realize just how much better an AMD Duron is and how it outperforms the Celeron for a much lower price! BTW, read our +1Ghz Duron review here

Today we are taking a look at the Intel Celeron 733Mhz CPU. This new Celeron uses 1.7v and the stepping is Cc0. We will torture this new Intel product with no mercy at all and we will also toss in some Duron benches since the Celeron is meant to compete in the low-end market with the Duron.



- CPU speed : 733Mhz

- Multiplier (locked of course) : 11x

- 66 MHz Intel P6 micro-architecture’s multi-transaction system bus.

- Dynamic Execution technology.

- Includes Intel MMX media enhancement technology.

- Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions.

- 32 Kbyte (16 Kbyte/16 Kbyte) Level 1 cache.

- 128 Kbyte integrated Level 2 cache.

In fact, this Celeron isn’t all that different from the Pentium 3 CPUs. Actually, there are only 2 major differences. The first one is the amount of L2 cache memory. While Pentium 3 (E(B)) CPUs feature 256K integrated L2 cache located on-die and running at CPU core frequency, the Celeron 2 only carries 64kB of L2 memory, also at full core speed. The second difference between the two CPUs the different FSB speeds; the Celeron 2 only has a 66Mhz FSB while Pentium 3s got theirselves an 100/133Mhz one.

The following picture shows there’s no or very little difference between the Celeron 733 and a P3-700 CPU from the outside …


I’ve put this next P3-700 picture on the page so you can compare the numbers on the CPU with those of the Celeron picture above …



Hehe :) , always a funny part in a CPU review .. I’d like to see the first person who can’t install this CPU on a mobo. Anyway, this is the way to do it : Just put the CPU in the socket on the motherboard (we used an ASUS CUV4X), put some thermal grease on it and put on the cooler. We chose to use the Golden Orb to cool this Pentium 3 wannabe down.

Now that we installed the cpu into our testrig, we are ready to do some serious torturing and overclocking … My favorite parts :))


Because this CPU has a really high multiplier, I didn’t think it would overclock at all, but once again you can’t be sure about something untill you try it yourself. I managed to get this baby up to a rather amazing 990Mhz (11x90Mhz @ 1.8v) with a retail Intel cooler. Not bad huh … Still, I wasn’t satisfied with this result and furthermore I was interested to see if I would be able to get it even higher. And higher it is ..

I didn’t manage to get it 100% stable at 1045MHz / 1.95v with a multiplier of 11x and a FSB of 95Mhz and when using the Golden Orb instead of the retail cooler. With a little more/beter cooling I’m sure this Celeron will do 1050Mhz with ease. Also, there isn’t much doubt these Celeron 733 CPUs will run 1Ghz right out of the box.

OK, so far the overclocking part, now let’s see how this CPU reacts on our torturing, shall we?


System setup

- Asus CUV4X motherboard

- Intel Celeron 733 @ 990MHz (11x90MHz)

- 128MB pc133 RAM (cas 2-3-3)

- IBM UDMA66 7200rpm 20GB

- Creative Geforce DDR

- Win2k

- Nvidia Detonator 7.17 drivers + VIA 4.25a Service Pack

First of all, there’s one more thing I gotta tell you to be completely honest with the benchmark results : I had the memory bus running at 120MHz while the FSB was running at 90MHz.

Sisoft Sandra 2001 Pro

Memory is running slower on the celeron system because of the lower FSB speed of course and because the AMD Duron works DDR internally.

As you can see from these tests, Intel gets really kicked away by its AMD competitor.

CPU Mark 99

CPU Mark 99 has a tendency to like large amounts of L2 cache. It doesnt show any kind of real performance so dont rely on these scores too much. It’s just an interesting addition to our regular benchmarks.

FPU Mark 99

FPU mark stresses the floating-point unit quite well and doesnt rely on any other part in the system. The good old AMD FPU has always dominated this test.

3D Mark 2k

Because I didn’t have a 3DMark2k benchmark result from an 1Ghz Duron system with the same videocard as mine (a Geforce DDR), I didn’t want to compare my results to the ones I got from Tim when he was doing his Duron review. It just wouldn’t give you an accurate image of the differences between the two CPUs here.

However, because our goal is to see that you’re fully pleased with this review, I will give you the score I got with my Celeron system : 5177

Quake 3 Arena 1.17 Timedemo 1

We only ran one test: timedemo 1 @ 640×480 / 16-bit to make sure the videocard is not being the bottleneck again. The result : 115,7 FPS


Celeron performance leaves a lot to be desired, and this new, faster member of the family is not really different. It really cant compete with the Durons 200MHz DDR bus. A Duron system is currently not only cheaper, but it also has some damn fine integrated motherboard platforms available (at cheap prices). On the other hand Celeron CPUs also have a enormous amount of motherboards to choose from too, but none of them are as cheap and as fast as an avarage AMD Duron solution. This Celeron 733 is a great CPU for all Intel lovers out there because it combines nice & easy overclocking (probably due to the Cc0 stepping) with (yes we dare to say) fast performance. I’d say, if you really like Intel that much, stop buying those Intel Pentium 3 processors and go for a much cheaper Celeron system!

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