AMD Based Nettop Is Real: Athlon II X2 250u CPU and Sapphire IPC-AM3DD785G Mainboard Review. Page 5
[04/30/2010 04:59 PM | CPU]
by Ilya Gavrichenkov
AMD Company doesn’t seem to be very aggressive about entering the components market for miniature and energy-efficient computer systems. Nevertheless, it is quite possible to put together a nettop with an AMD processor and a mainboard on the chipset from the same company. Our lab tested a 25 W Athlon II X2 and a contemporary mini-ITX mainboard for Socket AM3.
SYSmark 2007 confirms our assumptions that Athlon II X2 250u can be positioned in between the Atom and Celeron series in terms of performance. This CPU proves to be about twice as fast as the dual-core Atom but inferior to the dual-core Celeron E3400. In some applications, for example during video content processing, AMD’s energy-efficient processor even outpaces the Celeron which consumes more power and has a 60% higher clock rate.
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