Intel Atom Processor Benchmarked

Intel AtomGerman website ComputerBase has published the first benchmark of the upcoming Intel Atom processor, codenamed “Silverthorne”, which is designed for use in Mobile Internet Devices and Ultra-Mobile PCs.

According to the Super PI test result, the Atom at 1.6GHz is a little bit faster than the old Intel Pentium III-M “Tualatin” at 1.13GHz, but slower than the laptop-use Intel Celeron M “Dothan-512″ at 900MHz, utilized in the Asus Eee PC. However, Super PI is a single-threaded application, while the “Silverthorne” CPUs incorporate HyperThreading technology for improved performance of multi-threaded software.

Intel Atom Super PI Benchmark

The Intel Atom processors are based on 45-nanometer production technology, and have a very low thermal design power (TDP), ranging from 0.6 to 2.5 watts. The Atom chips will be available with clock speed of up to 1.8GHz, and are scheduled for release in the first half of 2008.


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  1. Does anybody tested Atom-based computers in clusters? I’d like to try this kind of hardware but I’m still not sure has this processor enough performance to produce some map-reduce tasks or not? For example, how slow the Atom 1.6 is in comparison to Celeron Duo 1.6?
    The only useful thing I found at the moment is the extremely low power consumption.

  2. Well, I have Acer Aspire One with
    Intel® Atom(TM) CPU N270 1.6Ghz 1.5GB Ram
    and it is running Mac OSX 10.5.4 Leopard with full speed.
    I compared it with an imac yes:) This Aspire One opens itunes in like 5 seconds and imac opens it in like 1.5 or 2 sec and the same thing with other softwares.

    So, I dont know about the benchmarks and stuff but this is what I tested. I am very happy with it running mac os.

  3. I too have an Acer Aspire One with an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz with only 512 MB of RAM (I will expand it later) and the graphics card is an Intel 845GMA with only 8MB of RAM.
    It’s running Ubuntu Linux with Compiz-Fusion at full speed with no need to decrease the graphics quality.
    This N270 CPU was made for Netbooks only and the major thing its the 2.5 Watt TDP while the ULV Intel Celeron 900 MHz has a 7 Watt TDP.
    Besides (and that was announced here), the Atom has Hyper Threading with allows better performance in any OS. We don’t use computers to search for the infinite number of PI (at least I don’t).
    The ULV Celeron 900 was beaten. If you want performance get an I7.

  4. I forgot to say a couple of this in the previous post.
    I use the 3D environment of Compiz-Fusion but I enabled the cube deformation to a sphere and added a 7 Megapixel animated skydome beyond it (this is what “eats” more hardware power) and I can use it with only 800MHz (50%). Besides, if I use the CPU Ondemand function the CPU is always at 800MHz in idle but it stays that way when using the 3D. Thing that doesn’t occur with my two laptops (an Intel Pentium M 1.6GHz and a AMD Turion 2.0GHz). In Ondemand they push to 80% or even to 100% just by rotating the sphere. And they have better graphics cards and more RAM.
    I know we need benchmarks to “try” to see what a piece of hardware can do and Super PI is one nice for CPUs but it tests only the arithmetic function of it.
    We are forgetting that the Intel Atom has SSSE3 that Celeron M does not which can enable better performance in graphics and HT that enables better multi-tasking operations. Also the Atom is build in 45nm instead of the Celeron’s 65nm and has a 533MHz FSB instead of a 400MHz.
    All this together with the lower TDP (2.5 Watt instead of 7 Watt) makes the Atom better and that’s why Intel has created it.
    This is a test made in real life and they often beat the benchmarks. I believe this was another one more to count.

  5. tiago aint got a clue lol
    the mobile celeron has ssse3 (no im not getting confused with sse3) some are even 64 bit, like the SLA2E google it if you dont beleive me :)
    but on topic, no one cares netbook users generally aint power users n the atom is good enough for day to day tasks

  6. No its not!
    Good enough would imply it could run day to day tasks like Word, internet without problem, but it cant, it continuously struggles, bottle necks and pauses for long periods of time. It makes using it (even for the simplest of tasks) infuriating.
    With that kind of delay and lack of power, I would not class that as “good enough” or even close to good enough.

    But the main question is: how can Intel justify producing something so grossly underpowered and selling it as “new technology” They would have been better off improving the pentium 4 for mobile applications. I would honestly rather have a 6 year old laptop than a brand new netbook, at least its capable of doing the job for which its sold.

    And to think some manufacturers are selling Atom based PCs with windows 7!! Are they kidding?
    These are barely functional with XP on!

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