Linked by sawboss on Sat 29th Jan 2011 00:15 UTC
Intel "The Intel Atom processor line is associated with low power usage in devices such as a netbook or nettop computer. The emphasis is definitely not on performance, it's on pushing up battery life on a device with a small display and mid-range graphics requirements while still managing a decent desktop experience. Microsoft thinks Atom can do more, though, and wants to use it in servers. With that in mind it is calling on Intel to up the cores in an Atom chip to 16, and deploying it as a low power server chip solution."
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RE: Performance per watt?
by shotsman on Sun 30th Jan 2011 13:24 UTC in reply to "Performance per watt? "
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the problem with any comparison of the CPU's power consumption vs performance will be the relative performance of all the other things that go into making up a working Computer. Viz, the Motherboard, Chipsets and Memory.
Unless you can factor them into the results very carefully, it will be very hard to judge the comparitive performance.
For example the (AFAIK)current Xeons use DDR3 Ram whereas all the Atom's I've seen use DDR2 and Laptop format sticks at that.

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