Saturday, September 20, 2008

Intel's dual-core Atom 330 reviewed in desktop guise


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Intel's dual-core Atom 330 reviewed in desktop guise
Intel's Atom processor and the netbook are the silicon equivalent of Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson; they're inseparable. Naturally we can't wait for the dual-core Atom 330 to cozy up to the next generation of economical portables, but have to wait a bit as it's being soldered exclusively into tiny desktops at the moment, like the one tech site The Guru of 3D just ran through a series of benchmarks. The posted results could have been interesting had they compared its performance to the single-core Atom 230 rather than AMD's (relatively) heavy-hitting Athlon 4850 X2 and Phenom 9850 -- not exactly apples to apples. We'll just have to assume it's roughly twice as fast on the right apps, all that for only twice the power consumption. That's still only a measly 8-watts! [Via The Inquirer]

The Atom 330 Dual core processor utilizes ... and do get scared now .. 8 Watt at maximum :) For the entire "PC" we maxed out at 56 Watts with both CPU cores 100% stressed and the PC in idle consumed 43.6 Watt. The light bulb in my toilet uses even more power...""

Atom 330 does not look like anything particularly stellar for the desktop it should do the job better than the alternatives by Via. We ran it with Windows Vista perfectly fine...."