I currently use a Q6600 @ 3.2 Ghz. I'm making the move towards Mini ITX. I could shell out £250+ and get myself a Zotac with socket 1156, plug in an i7 and have a great rig. Or, I could get the new intel atom d510 on an intel mobo for less than £50.
What will the experience be like with and Intel D510. Obviously only has 1mb cache, although is a dual core with HT. The Q6600 has 8Mb cache.
Looking around, the D510 scored 3.3 on some Vista experience chart, whereas the Q8300 only scored 3.4
I am running a single process, using a program called Caseware IDEA. No multi-tasking. This software is a relational database analytics suite. So not processor intensive, but very memory intensive. Need a setup with seperate system / page file / IDEA temp drive...then it runs amazingly well.
Don't see why it wouldn't run well as a standalone for a single process? max out with 4gb 4-4-4-12 RAM and 7200rpm drives (maybe an SSD). Install windows 7 and XP in dual boot config. All 32-bit