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Front view of Intel Atom x5 x5-Z8500

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Significantly higher turbo clock speed 2.24 GHz vs 1.84 GHz More than 20% higher turbo clock speed
Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 1,991 vs 1,691 Around 20% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 2,882 vs 2,187 More than 30% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Much better geekbench 3 single core score 890 vs 761 More than 15% better geekbench 3 single core score
Significantly better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score 6.89 mHash/s vs 5.83 mHash/s Around 20% better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score
Supports more RAM 8,192 MB vs 2,048 MB Supports 4x more RAM
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.24 GHz vs 1.52 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better performance per dollar 3.21 pt/$ vs 0.84 pt/$ More than 3.8x better performance per dollar
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.24 GHz vs 1.44 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Newer Apr, 2015 vs Jan, 2015 Release date 3 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Atom x5 x5-Z8500 vs x5-Z8300

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Atom x5 x5-Z8500
6.89 mHash/s
Atom x5 x5-Z8300
5.83 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Atom x5 x5-Z8500
4.98 mPixels/s
Atom x5 x5-Z8300
3.93 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Atom x5 x5-Z8500
85.2 fps
Atom x5 x5-Z8300
62.92 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Atom x5 x5-Z8500
362.8 MB/s
Atom x5 x5-Z8300
279,050 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Atom x5 x5-Z8500  vs
x5-Z8300 
Clock speed 1.44 GHz 1.44 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.24 GHz 1.84 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core

features

Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling No No

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A N/A

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1

details

Atom x5 x5-Z8500  vs
x5-Z8300 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Architecture x86-64 x86-64

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.24 GHz 1.52 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.24 GHz 1.44 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.24 GHz 1.52 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 3 2
GPU clock speed 200 MHz 200 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Single Channel
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s 6,400 MB/s
Maximum memory size 8,192 MB 2,048 MB
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If the x5-Z8500 costs $27 (?????) and the x5-Z8300 costs $137, and the x5-Z8500 outperforms the x5-Z8300 by 15% to 30% in every category, what's to discuss? Why did Intel even bring the x5-Z8300 to market?
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