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Intel D945GCLF2

Intel D945GCLF2 platform is almost the same as Intel D945GCLF we have just discussed. However, there are a few minor but very important differences.

Although both platforms use absolutely the same mainboards, D945GCLF2 has a newer integrated processor – Atom 330. This CPU differs significantly from Atom 230: it is a dual-core processor. Other technical specs of this processor remained the same. It works at 1.6GHz frequency and supports 533MHz system bus.

As a result, the report we get from CPU-Z identification utility launched on D945GCLF2 is very similar to what we have just seen:

 

The last version of CPU-Z doesn’t know dual-core Atom very well. As we see, it doesn’t recognize the processor model number correctly.

Dual-core Atom 330 processor has very simple internal structure: Intel used the same approach as for 65nm Pentium D. the CPU consists of two independent cores within the same package. In other words, Atom 330 is a combination of two Atom 230 processors. That is why his dual-core CPU supporting Hyper-Threading is represented as four virtual cores in the system:

Quite logical that the typical heat dissipation of Atom 330 processor is twice as high and equals 8W. However, this processor on Intel D945GCLF2 mainboard didn’t acquire an active cooler. Its heatsink just got taller:

There is a small heatsink with a fan on top of the chipset North Bridge that heats up three times more than a low-power dual-core processor.

Intel D945GCLF2 mainboard has one more less significant difference from D945GCLF. It has a TV-Out. Other functionality of both platforms is absolutely identical.

 
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