• CPU Support: Intel Celeron 847/ 1.1 GHz/ Dual-Core
  • CPU Socket: FCBGA1023
  • Chipset: Intel NM70
  • Memory Type: Dual Channel Memory
  • Pros:
  • Small form factor
  • Good enough performance for light PC usage
  • Affordable
  • Cons:
  • No in-built Wi-Fi

Celeron Power

In case you may have forgotten, the Core series of processors are not the only thing that Intel has up their sleeves in recent times. They’ve also been hard at work creating low-powered processors for computers that don’t require all the prowess of higher-end chips. One such processor is Intel’s new dual core Celeron, and we have one here inside the MSI C846MS-E33 motherboard.

The C847MS-E33 is a micro-ATX motherboard, meaning that it fits in perfectly in small computers meant for media centres or for office machines that do little beyond document editing and simple web-browsing.

The processor residing inside the giant cooling block is an Intel Celeron 847 1.1GHz dual core processor, and with it, come two DDR3 DIMM slots with dual-channel capabilities, accepting 1066 and 1333MHz RAMs up to 16GBs. It also sports one SATA III and three SATA II ports, making it a great consideration if you’re building a small media centre PC for the home. At the back are four USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI for video outputs, and audio ports for speakers.

Performance-wise, this motherboard setup performs just how you’d expect a system with Intel Celeron to function. It does simple tasks such as browsing and document editing well, without too much hiccups, but when it comes to handling multimedia elements such as Flash games or videos, opening one too many tabs may cause it to shudder a bit, so be wary of that.

Whilst it plays AVI movies and such relatively well, we would recommend that you get a single slot graphics card for this system to offload the graphics-intensive decoding to the card, which should allow you to watch even 1080p videos on the system. What we do like to see here is in-built Wi-Fi connectivity, which may not be essential but very much practical.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The MSI C847MS-E33 motherboard, coupled with Intel’s new Celeron dual core processor is the beginning of components with small footprints for desktop usage. The motherboard and processor is well sufficient to run typical work processes, or used to surf the web and enjoy HD movies. The small form factor and well-rounded features will give you the most out of your money, and you won’t be giving out a lot at all.

(previously published in issue April 2012)