[mythtv-users] The $99 frontend is here. Is this too good to be true?

Robert McNamara robert.mcnamara at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 17:32:07 UTC 2009

On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 9:23 AM, John Drescher <drescherjm at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 12:17 PM, James Stembridge <jstembridge at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2009/2/4 Robert McNamara <robert.mcnamara at gmail.com>:
>>> Pentium M processors are single core processors derived from the
>>> Pentium III.  The Atom preocessors are similar in clock rate to this
>>> chip, with a design closer to the (much much more efficient per-clock)
>>> Core series, and in some cases dual core.  So yeah, in addition to
>>> being much less power hungry, the Atoms are substantially faster than
>>> a Pentium M.  :)
> I would compare Atom to a 486 that has been increased in frequency to
> 1.8GHz using current transistor technology. The atom cpu does not do
> out of order execution of instructions like current x86 processors do.
> John
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There are pretty substantial differences across the Atom line,
however-- for example, where the Atom single cores are outpaced by the
(out of order capable) Via C7 processors, the via processors are in
turn beaten by the dual core Atoms using a single core.  (and
likewise, the newer Atoms benchmark better than the first run did
against the Pentium M)


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