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Front view of Intel Atom S1289

Reasons to consider the
Intel Atom S1289

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 11.46W vs 72.31W 6.3x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 3.4 $/year vs 21.44 $/year 6.3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 12.35 $/year vs 77.96 $/year 6.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 5600+

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AMD Athlon X2 5600+

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 65% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.4 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 70% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Atom S1289  vs Athlon X2 5600+ 

clock speed

Atom S1289
2 GHz
Athlon X2 5600+
2.8 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Atom S1289
2 GHz
Athlon X2 5600+
3.26 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Atom S1289
2 GHz
Athlon X2 5600+
3.4 GHz

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Atom S1289  vs
Athlon X2 5600+ 
Clock speed 2 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling No Yes

power consumption

TDP 14.1W 89W
Annual home energy cost 3.4 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 12.35 $/year 77.96 $/year
Typical power consumption 11.46W 72.31W

details

Atom S1289  vs
Athlon X2 5600+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2 GHz 3.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2 GHz 3.26 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A
Intel Atom S1289
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