atom 1.6ghz was only as fast as p4 "willamette" at 2ghz or celeron "northwood-128" at 2.4ghz. it is nowhere close to northwood ht or even prescott's level. i bet you're using willy in the test. definitely not northwood based.
I need to compare benchmarks. I know the P4 is much faster
generally any netburst based except celeron-128/p4 "willy" can easily outperform atom 230 with relatively raw power/optimized simd/higher clockrate. not to mention northwood based ipc was much more efficiency in ipc in pipeline than atom can offer.
strider is about right.
the atom is very underpowered. ive spent alot of time using atim processors, and the more you do, the mroe you grow to hate them.
i have run return to castle wolfenstain on my mini desktop(or htpc) based on atom 230. it ran pretty decent with 30~40fps in mid setting(onboard gma900). so it is still way enough to play some classic old game.
i guess i have a dislike of atoms unfairly. since when i used them i had no other PC to use. so i was trying to do ALL my pc stuff on very underpowered systems.
they are very good for low power systems. but personally, i think you should be going arm/mips for small devices, or full fledged PC processors. batteries have evolvbed alot lately. so core2solo processors shouldnt be an issue for netbooks.
E3300 will overclock a lot higher then the E5300. Just built an E3300 system for a friend who runs it at 4.5Ghz on a daily basis.
Microcenter also has the E3200 for 39.99
yeah my mistake
e5300 has larger cache than e3200(1mb l2 cache vs e5300's 2mb l2 cache) but $69 dollar(microcenter) is like...twice as much. it is hard to choose though since e3200 still stick with 65nm while e5300 is better fab at 45nm(soon to be rebranded with 32nm) so it is hard...
E3200 (they are 45 nm) also has VTx support unlike the E5200 which might be useful also its a lot cooler than the Allendales. Great for low end server apps and general pc stuff, not so great for games. I think it actually uses something like 40 watts max at stock speeds.
An Athlon II 215 (OEM only) is also an option especially if you have some AM2+ hardware laying around.