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Q. In trying to keep up with the latest technology, I bought a new computer with an Intel Pentium III chip. While it was a little pricey, the machine is fast and I get more work done. But a colleague told me I got ripped off. He said the economy Celeron chip, which was designed to compete against low-end competitors, is actually faster than the top-of-the-line Pentium III. What’s the story?

A. There’s some truth to your colleague’s statement. The $165 500-MHz Celeron chip runs nearly 9% faster than the $225 450-MHz Pentium II and neck and neck with a $670 450-MHz Pentium III. However, if price is no object, watch for the 600-MHz-plus Pentium III. It’s about to be introduced and it’ll make the others look as if they’re standing still. But if you want speed at bargain prices, check out the Celeron—it’s an economical racehorse. By the way, don’t believe rumors that the Celeron can’t run Windows 2000.

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