Performance in Applications
As we very well know, archiving speed depends a lot on the memory sub-system performance. Therefore, it is not surprising that an Atom D510 based platform using faster DDR2-800 SDRAM performs better than a system with Atom 330, where the memory speed is limited by 533 MHz FSB bus.
Antivirus software also works faster on Pine Trail platform. Although we complained about the absence of any microarchitectural improvements that could increase the overall performance, simple transfer of the memory controller from the chipset into the processor die can often pay back real well.
The new platform demonstrates minimal performance advantage during image processing in Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.
Audio encoding is another typical computational task that doesn’t require any serious work with the memory sub-system. Therefore, the advantage of the new Atom D510 processor is only 4% in this case, as this is by how much its clock frequency is higher than that of the Atom 330.
Our utility of choice for audio transcoding can use the graphics processor to speed things up. Therefore, the results demonstrated by the ION platform are way better than those shown by Intel competitors, which can’t boast a high-performance and programmable graphics core like Nvidia. As for the results of the new Atom D510 processor, it managed to trasncode a video into an iPhone compatible format 10% faster than its predecessor – Atom 330.