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Front view of Intel x3-C3230RK

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More advanced architecture x86-64 vs x86 A 64-bit architecture allows more RAM to be installed and accessed by the processor
Much higher GPU clock speed 600 MHz vs 300 MHz 2x higher GPU clock speed
Newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Newer Jan, 2015 vs Feb, 2013 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of Intel Atom Z2520

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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
More number of displays supported 2 vs 1 Twice as many number of displays supported

Features Key features of the x3-C3230RK  vs Atom Z2520 

clock speed

x3-C3230RK
1.1 GHz
Atom Z2520
1.2 GHz

gpu clock speed

x3-C3230RK
600 MHz
Atom Z2520
300 MHz

overclocked clock speed (air)

x3-C3230RK
1.1 GHz
Atom Z2520
1.2 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

x3-C3230RK
1.1 GHz
Atom Z2520
1.2 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

x3-C3230RK  vs
Atom Z2520 
Clock speed 1.1 GHz 1.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core

features

Supports dynamic frequency scaling No Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Integrated Integrated
Number of displays supported 1 2
GPU clock speed 600 MHz 300 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR2-1066
DDR3
DDR2
Channels Single Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 6,400 MB/s 17,066.66 MB/s
Maximum memory size 2,048 MB 2,048 MB

details

x3-C3230RK  vs
Atom Z2520 
Architecture x86-64 x86
Threads 4 4
Manufacture process 28 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.1 GHz 1.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.1 GHz 1.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.1 GHz 1.2 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A N/A

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
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