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Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel BOXD945GCLF2D Atom 330 mITX Motherboard
Intel 945GC Atom 330 Features
BOXD945GCLF2D Specifications
Closer Look: Intel 945GC
BOXD945GCLF2D Details
Test Methodology
Performance Test Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Test Methodology

Benchmark Reviews has pitted the new Intel Atom 330 Motherboard/CPU combo against two last generation laptops and a low end Core 2 Duo machine in order to present the feasibility of an upgrade. The last generation laptops represent current HTPC configurations as well as the basic family internet/homework computer. Since the Atom 330 is intended for systems under $300, this provides a good look at how it compares to machines whose job it will be competing for; and at a fraction of the cost.

Intel Atom Processors

In the chart assembled below, Benchmark Reviews has organized the various Intel Atom processors released as of July 2009 for comparison. The NVIDIA ION is the only platform which supports EM64T instructions, for 64-bit Operating System compatibility, a feature that will prove invaluable with the upcoming Microsoft Windows 7 O/S release.

Featured in: Processor Number Cache L2 EM64T Bus Speed Clock Speed CTP in MTOPS GFLOPS APP in WT
1 Way 2 Way 4 Way
ASUS Eee PC 1000HE N280 512 KB L2 No 1.66 GHz 667 MHz 7470 3.32 0.000996 0.001992 0.003984
ASUS Eee PC 1002HA N270 512 KB L2 No 1.60 GHz 533 MHz 7200 3.20 0.00096 0.00192 0.00384
NVIDIA ION 330 1 MB L2 Yes 1.60 GHz 533 MHz 13333 6.40 0.00192 0.00384 0.00768
NVIDIA ION 230 512 KB L2 Yes 1.60 GHz 533 MHz 7200 3.20 0.00096 0.00192 0.00384
Panasonic Toughbook H1 Z540 512 KB L2 No 1.86 GHz 533 MHz 8370 3.72 0.001116 0.002232 0.004464
Fujitsu LifeBook U820 Z530 512 KB L2 No 1.60 GHz 533 MHz 7200 3.20 0.00096 0.00192 0.00384
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Z520 512 KB L2 No 1.33 GHz 533 MHz 5985 2.66 0.000798 0.001596 0.003192
Z510 512 KB L2 No 1.10 GHz 400 MHz 4950 2.20 0.00066 0.00132 0.00264
Z500 512 KB L2 No 800 MHz 400 MHz 3600 1.60 0.00048 0.00096 0.00192
Chart courtesy of Benchmark Reviews

Testing Software

PassMark PerformanceTest v7.0 - A PassMark score is a benchmark of your CPU performance across a variety of common tests such as a math integer test, a compression test, a prime number test, an encryption test, a floating point math test, and a SSE/3DNOW test.

Lavalys EVEREST Home Edition - Everest provides accurate low-level information motherboard, CPU and bios, including chipset details, DMI enumeration, AGP configuration information, SPD memory modules list, DRAM timing information and CPU instruction set support.

SiSoftware SANDRA - System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant, is an information and diagnostic utility that provides most of the information you need to know about your hardware or software.

Test Systems

Intel Atom 330 System

  • Motherboard: Intel BOXD945GCLF2D Atom 330 Motherboard/CPU Combo
  • System Memory: Corsair PC6400 2Ghz 667Mhz DDR2
  • Audio: Realtek ALC662 6 Channel 5.1
  • Video: Intel GMA 950
  • Disk Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB 7200RPM SATA
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On 8X DVD R/W 24X CD R/W USB 2.0
  • PSU: M2-ATX 160W DC to DC
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium

Pentium 4 Laptop

  • Product: HP Pavilion zd8000 series
  • Motherboard: Quanta 3082 LGA775
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.8Ghz
  • System Memory: 1.5Ghz DDR2
  • Audio: Realtek AC'97 Audio Controller
  • Video: ATI Mobility Radeon X600
  • Disk Drive: Fujitsu MHV2100AT PL 100GB
  • Operating System: Windows XP SP3

AMD Athlon Laptop

  • Product: Compaq Presario R4225
  • Processor: 2.2Ghz Athlon 64 3500+
  • System Memory: 1Ghz DDR2 333Mhz
  • Audio: Altec Lansing Sound Device
  • Video: ATI Radeon Xpress 200M IGP
  • Disk Drive: 100GB 4200RPM
  • Operating System: Windows XP SP3

Core 2 Duo

  • Motherboard: MSI P45 Neo LGA775
  • Processor: Intel E6300 Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz
  • System Memory: 4Gb Corsair DDR2 800Mhz
  • Audio: Creative Labs SB Audigy
  • Video: MSI NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • Disk Drive 1: Western Digital 100Gb 7200RPM SATA
  • Disk Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda 1.5Tb 7200RPM SATA
  • Optical Drive: Mad Dog 16X DVD R/W
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate


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