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Front view of Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 (MSM8255)

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 (MSM8255)

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Newer Apr, 2010 vs Jun, 2008 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of Intel Atom 230

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Intel Atom 230

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More advanced architecture x86-64 vs ARM A 64-bit architecture allows more RAM to be installed and accessed by the processor
Higher clock speed 1.6 GHz vs 1.4 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
More l2 cache 0.5 MB vs 0.26 MB More than 95% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.26 MB/core More than 95% more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.89 GHz vs 1.46 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.6 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Snapdragon S2 (MSM8255) vs Atom 230

GeekBench

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Snapdragon S2 (MSM8255)  vs
Atom 230 
Clock speed 1.4 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Single core Single core

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.46 GHz 1.89 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.46 GHz 1.89 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A 3.25W

details

Snapdragon S2 (MSM8255)  vs
Atom 230 
Architecture ARM x86-64
Threads 1 2
L2 cache 0.26 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.26 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Adreno 205 N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 (MSM8255)
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Intel Atom 230
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