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Front view of Intel Atom 230

Reasons to consider the
Intel Atom 230

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 1.6 GHz vs 1.4 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 3.25W vs 24.38W 7.5x lower typical power consumption
Newer Jun, 2008 vs Feb, 2004 Release date over 4 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.89 GHz vs 1.4 GHz 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 0.96 $/year vs 7.23 $/year 7.5x lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 3.5 $/year vs 26.28 $/year 7.5x lower annual commercial energy cost
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.6 GHz vs 1.4 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 240 EE

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AMD Opteron 240 EE

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More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Atom 230  vs Opteron 240 EE 

clock speed

Atom 230
1.6 GHz
Opteron 240 EE
1.4 GHz

L2 cache

Atom 230
0.5 MB

overclocked clock speed (air)

Atom 230
1.89 GHz
Opteron 240 EE
1.4 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Atom 230
1.6 GHz
Opteron 240 EE
1.4 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Atom 230  vs
Opteron 240 EE 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 1.4 GHz
Cores Single core Single core
Socket type
437
940

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!

details

Atom 230  vs
Opteron 240 EE 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 12 7
Voltage range 0.9 - 1.16V 1.1 - UnknownV

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.89 GHz 1.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.6 GHz 1.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.89 GHz 1.4 GHz

power consumption

TDP 4W 30W
Annual home energy cost 0.96 $/year 7.23 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 3.5 $/year 26.28 $/year
Typical power consumption 3.25W 24.38W
Intel Atom 230
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