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Bigeye #18: 533MHz Mendocino Celeron
Created on June 13, 2020
A GeForce is in place here, so why is software rendering being used? Just hang in there, I'll get to the part where I show this card's 3D capabilities. For now, I want to focus on the CPU being used here.
This 533MHz Celeron is the last of the Mendocino lineup, released at the start of 2000 and intended for new budget-oriented systems. However, its full potential is unleashed when paired with a dated 440LX motherboard. A Socket 370 adapter is used with the CPU to fit the Slot 1 connector.
The Mendocino Celeron has a ton of potential, really. Although its cache is quite small compared to a Pentium II or III and it was never designed for a 100MHz FSB, the fact that the cache runs at full speed may allow it to run even faster than a similarly clocked Pentium II in certain applications.
Whether it can take on workstation software as well as a Pentium II is up for question (the Abit BP6 could give you some answers), but even then, two Mendocino CPUs can be installed on the same board. I am not yet able to achieve such a setup, but it shows how restrained this thing was by every HP Pavilion.
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