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VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head

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News Posted: Tue, Jul 29 2008 11:03 AM

VIA caused quite a stir a few months ago when the company first revealed initial details regarding their low-power Nano processor. At the time, the product was referred to by its internal codename of Isaiah and the president of the design center that was tasked with making the processor was decidedly outspoken, which made for some exciting reporting. When news of the Isaiah core first broke, we hopped on the line with Glenn Henry, VIA's Centaur design center president, and got many questions answered regarding the processor's architecture, features, expected performance, and the company's plans for the CPU. We also covered the official announcement of the VIA Nano processor and detailed the exact models that would be available at launch. One thing we hadn't been able to do, however, was a direct performance comparison of the VIA Nano processor versus Intel's recently released Atom, which is target at the same market segment. Thankfully, we were recently given the opportunity to take a VIA Nano reference platform for a spin to see what it could do and will be presenting our results for you here today...

VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head



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nECrO1967 replied on Tue, Jul 29 2008 11:55 AM

Great review. Adding the mainstream CPUs to gage performance was great idea. VIA has come a long way with this chip since it's Winchip days. Although I doubt there is anything of the original design left in there. :) It's good to see reviews and articles about other CPU's than the big two.

Thid would make a great low cost/low noise HTPC setup. Judging by their work with this CPU, I would love to see what they could come up with in the top end. More competition is always better. For us. :)

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Loox like if the Atom were bumped up to 1.8 to match the Nano, the 2 cpus would perform nearly equal clock for clock.

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nECrO1967 replied on Tue, Jul 29 2008 3:27 PM

IDK Recovering. Some of those tests look like a 200Mhz bump in speed won't help the Atom close the gap. Some yes but others no.

If anyone remembers the Winchip, don't you agree that this chip has come a long way?

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warlord replied on Thu, Aug 14 2008 12:05 AM

Got a friend looking to do a car-puter with one of these platforms. These tiny systems have alot of potential

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