Intel Atom Z560 vs Intel Atom 230 vs Intel Atom Z520

Intel Atom Z560

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The Intel Atom Z560 is a relatively high clocked Atom processor of the power efficient Z-series. It is specified at a much lower TDP than the similar N-series and offers hardware virtualization (VT-x). Due to the in-order execution, the performance per clock-rate is not as good as Celeron or Core 2 Duo processors. The missing Intel 64 Instructions wont allow a user to install a 64 Bit operating system on the Z550.

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. 

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MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, HHT, HyperthreadingMMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T, HHTMMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, HHT
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
230 +
557 Points (6%)
min: 424     avg: 443     median: 449 (5%)     max: 454 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
230 +
851 Points (1%)
min: 635     avg: 706.3     median: 689 (1%)     max: 869 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
100%
Z520 +
min: 4528     avg: 4594.7     median: 4594 (54%)     max: 4660 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
100%
Z520 +
min: 141     avg: 145.8     median: 146 (29%)     max: 150 seconds
wPrime 1.55 - 1024m *
100%
230 +
5606 seconds (22%)
wPrime 1.55 - 32m *
100%
230 +
173 seconds (91%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
Z520 +
391 Points (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
230 +
93 Seconds (20%)
min: 113     avg: 121.7     median: 115 (25%)     max: 137 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
Z520 +
min: 251     avg: 258     median: 258 (11%)     max: 265 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
230 +
3616 Seconds (16%)
min: 5602     avg: 6153     median: 6153 (27%)     max: 6704 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
Z520 +
min: 3125     avg: 3279.3     median: 3353 (2%)     max: 3360 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
Z520 +
min: 2608     avg: 2737.7     median: 2797 (2%)     max: 2808 MFLOPS
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
100%
230 +
1718 Points (11%)
min: 692     avg: 948.8     median: 1002 (6%)     max: 1099 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - CPU
100%
Z520 +
2.7 Points (39%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
0 points (0%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Atom 230 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Atom Z520 → 92%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)