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Intel Atom 230 vs Intel Atom Z520

Intel Atom 230

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The Intel Atom 230 is a small and cheap CPU for small desktops (Nettops). It is similar to the Atom N270, but lacks Speedstep and features a higher TDP.

Due to the "in-order" Architecture of the Atom series, the 230 is slower than similar clocked Core 2 Duo processors and only suited for low demanding tasks. The Atom 230 support Hyperthreading.

Intel Atom Z520

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The Intel Atom Z520 is a power saving netbook / MID single-core processor. Compared to the Atom N-series, the Z-series supports Virtualization in hardware and got the Idle States and Demand Based Switching functions.

The Atom core was designed for a low power consumption and cheap production. The downside is the relative low performance per Watt (due to the in-order execution) compared to similar clocked Celeron processors, e.g.. Still the integrated Hyper-Threading (the operating system sees the CPU as a dual core CPU) decreases the penalty of the in-order execution a bit.

The performance of the Z520 is only compareable to a 800-900 MHz clocked Celeron M and therfore only sufficient for non demanding applications like Office or web surfing. HD videos, advanced photo editing, video cutting may not run fluently. 

ModelIntel Atom 230Intel Atom Z520
SeriesIntel AtomIntel Atom
CodenameSilverthorneSilverthorne
Series: Atom Silverthorne
Intel Atom Z560 compare2.13 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z550 compare2 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z540 compare1.83 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom 230 « 1.6 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z530 compare1.6 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z5201.33 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z510 compare1.1 GHz1 / 1 cores
Intel Atom Z500 compare0.8 GHz1 / 1 cores
Intel Atom Z560 compare2.13 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z550 compare2 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z540 compare1.83 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom 2301.6 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z530 compare1.6 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z520 « 1.33 GHz1 / 2 cores
Intel Atom Z510 compare1.1 GHz1 / 1 cores
Intel Atom Z500 compare0.8 GHz1 / 1 cores
Clock1600 MHz1333 MHz
FSB533533
L2 Cache512 KB512 KB
Cores / Threads1 / 21 / 2
TDP4 Watt2 Watt
Transistors47 Million47 Million
45 nm, 0.9-1.162V45 nm, 0.75-1.1V
Die Size26 mm226 mm2
max. Temp.85.2 °C90 °C
SocketPBGA437PBGA441
FeaturesMMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T, HHTMMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, HHT
Architecturex86x86
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Atom 230Intel Atom Z520

Benchmarks

Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
230 +
557 Points (5%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
230 +
851 Points (1%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 Z520 +
min: 4528     avg: 4595     median: 4594.5 (54%)     max: 4661 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 Z520 +
min: 141     avg: 145.8     median: 146.3 (29%)     max: 150.2 s
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 1024m *
100%
1 230 +
5606 s (22%)
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 32m *
100%
1 230 +
173 s (91%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 Z520 +
391 Points (1%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
230 +
93 s (20%)
min: 113     avg: 121.7     median: 115 (25%)     max: 137 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
1 Z520 +
min: 251     avg: 258     median: 258 (11%)     max: 265 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
230 +
3616 s (16%)
min: 5602     avg: 6153     median: 6153 (27%)     max: 6704 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 Z520 +
min: 3125     avg: 3279     median: 3353 (2%)     max: 3360 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 Z520 +
min: 2608     avg: 2738     median: 2797 (2%)     max: 2808 MFLOPS
PCMark 05 - PCMark 05 - Standard
100%
230 +
1718 Points (11%)
min: 692     avg: 949     median: 1002 (6%)     max: 1099 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - Windows Vista Leistungsindex - Prozessor
100%
1 Z520 +
2.7 Points (39%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
2.1 Points (27%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Atom 230 → 100% n=5

Average Benchmarks Intel Atom Z520 → 80% n=5

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