I'm considering getting an eeepc and was wondering how the Intel Atom processors stack up. I've been looking for benchmarks, but can't find any. Specifically I'm talking about the Atom n270. Can someone plz either point me to some benchmarks or compare the power of it to like a desktop processor? (where i have a lot more knowledge of)
It's the equivalent of about a 750-800MHz Pentium architecture Celeron, IIRC. It does hyperthread though, so in multithreaded apps, it does a bit better. I have an eee, and it's great for just basic tasks and such, and the battery life is incredible. I wouldn't expect miracles though.
From the reviews I've read, Atom is really only good for the most basic of machines and web appliances. If you were to use it as a "guest" machine for basic office apps and web surfing, then Atom would be fine, but even then I would recommend going with a dual core Atom rather than a single core.
An Atom based machine running FreeNAS would make a fantastic NAS for a home/small office network!
o wow, that seems a lot weaker than i thought. i dont plan to do much on my computer, however the one thing i did plan to do was
1. watch videos (would HD resolution run on this? lol)
2. record videos. i use a pinnacle studio movie box i think its called paired with windows media encoder. i encode in 640 x 480 wmv8 normally. iv ran video encoding on some weak computers, even around an 800mhz pentium.
whataya guys think, is the eeepc up to it? (id probably be using a SSD hd for good performance and upgrade it to 2gb ram)
Atom 230 is not meant to be the performance king. It's meant to be the price and form factor king. Criticism on its power consumption or performance is at best misplaced. It wasn't paired with the 945G chipset because Intel thought that was the lowest power chipset they could come up with-- it's because it's 3-generations-back tech and very cost effective.
Now, criticizing the Z5* series Atom platform for power consumption or performance could be warranted. That's what it's designed for. Has that been done anywhere?