Intel and whole world confused over Celeron Slot One direction
300A is overclockable and will disappear. Slot One will stay. And there's a shortage of 370 Socket parts...
It now appears that chip giant Intel is in a considerable state of confusion over the future of Slot One Celerons. Last week we reported, on the basis of Intel information, that Slot One Celerons will continue until the year 2000. (see Intel to keep S1 Celerons until year end). But now information from an internal document Intel has sent to its retailers plus other information from distributors, makes it appear that the platform is doomed to extinction, and quite soon. A source at an Intel UK distributor, who declined to be named, said: "From a supply point of view, there will be no Slot One Celerons from February onwards. There is currently a shortage and I expect Intel to attempt to migrate smoothly in a few months. I was expecting Intel to bin it at the end of February, but currently availability of 370-Socket boards is short." And a letter, seemingly originating from Intel, on the Ars Technica site seems to confirm the Slot One Celeron is doomed. It says that Intel now recommends customers convert Intel Celeron processor-based PC offerings to higher performing Intel Celeron processors now. "Intel has begun to transition the Intel Celeron processor product line from SEPP to PPGA packaging." A representative from Intel said: "All Celerons this year will co-exist in both packages." However, it is common knowledge now that Intel will phase out the 300A, which can be successfully overclocked. Overclockers might therefore be advised to buy the 300A at around $70 and overclock like mad, knowing that they'll lose their warranty. It won't be possible to overclock the faster Celerons, so people will be able to pay their money and take their choice. ®
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