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PilotWoo
Jun 3, 2008, 04:50 AM
With Intel announcing a Desktop Atom CPU today, do you think this will form the basis of a new (possibly cheaper) mac mini?



Lord Zedd
Jun 3, 2008, 06:27 AM
No. The Atom is too weak to be in a desktop computer and there is no advantage in conserving power with a computer that is always plugged in.

aaquib
Jun 3, 2008, 06:40 AM
iPhone, maybe. Mac Mini, no.

Lord Zedd
Jun 3, 2008, 07:14 AM
Why you ask? Read this.

Intel is already selling a mini-ITX board called D201GLY, and this plaform has a Celeron 220 CPU. As we have one we decided to compare them, as this platform is fitted with a Conroe-L Celeron 220. We know this is a slower CPU, as it's only clocked at 1.2GHz, but in some tests it was more than twice as fast as the Atom N230. It scored 11.260x in Lame. As it's a single core CPU without Hyperthreading the benchmark runs within a single thread.
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Sandra tells us that the 1.6GHz Atom is about two times slower than the single core Celeron 420 at the same clock speed, at least in the FPU test. It was funny to notice that the 3GHz Core 2 Duo E8400 scores ten times better than the Atom 230.

As long as you don't use any multi-media applications, the system runs fine. So the most common use will be for POS systems or surfing stations. But if you think you want to do some multi-media stuff, just forget it, it's too slow.
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It doesn't even render that well, as Cinebench was incredibly slow, slower than we've seen in years.
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7595&Itemid=40

In other words, if you think the 1.5GHz CoreSolo MacMini was slow then an Atom mini would be painfully slow with anything other than internet browsing. By the way they describe it, performance would be about on par or worse than the last generation PowerMac G4.

Aegelward
Jun 3, 2008, 10:37 AM
Personally i think at some point in the future they'll be putting the atom in the appleTV, since it'd run a lot cooler than what they currently use in it, and it'll allow them to start using higher capacity SATA drives

Muncher
Jun 3, 2008, 06:16 PM
Personally i think at some point in the future they'll be putting the atom in the appleTV, since it'd run a lot cooler than what they currently use in it, and it'll allow them to start using higher capacity SATA drives

Sounds logical. :p