Originally posted by LightingBird
What is the difference between a AMD processor, a celeron processor and a Pent 4 processor? I am considering buying a computer in parts but I was told that a celeron is not good for gaming.
Intel has three different types of processors:
Celeron which is a budget processor . Celorons use socket 478 and 775
The Pentium 4 processors are midrange and performance processors. There are Pentium 4 processors which have EE in their name and are expensive and high performing Pentium 4 models .
Pentium 4s use socket 478 and 775 .
Xeons are server and workstation processors which use socket 604 . The newest Xeon core can run in 64 bit .
AMD currently has five types of modern processors .
Durons which like Celerons are budget processors and use socket A aka socket 462 .
Athlon XPs are midrange processors which are a low cost alternative to Pentium 4s , they use socket 462 .
Athlon 64 s are at the same cost as Pentium 4 and are at the midrange and performance level they can run 64 bit OSes and programs when they come out .The most expensive type of Athlon 64 has an FX behind it and competes with the Pentium 4 EE . First generation Athlon 64s come on socket 754 and the FX comes on socket 940 . Second generation Athlon 64s and the FX variant both come on socket 939 .
Opterons are the Xeon equivilent and are used on servers and workstations . They like the Athlon 64s can run in 64 bit .
Semprons are budget and midrange processors that aren't widely availible yet and will take Duron's place and perhaps also take the Athlo XP's place will be on socket 462 and socket 754 may also be on socket 939 .
Hope this helps .