Originally Posted by newtekie1
Nano is a good platform, but again you are talking about the processor alone consuming almost as much power as the entire Atom platform.
And the nVidia ION platform kills your complaints about Intel's GMA. But even still, the Intel GMA onboard is capable of basic games, and 1080p is possible with it also(using the dual-core 330).
And the Nano platform does not use less energy than Atom, I don't know where you got that. The entire Atom 330 platform, with Intel's GMA, consumes 33.5w. Just the Nano L2200(1.6GHz Single Core), consumes 17w, the entire Platform tops 40w...
The nano PLATFORM uses LESS power at idle when compaired with the ATOM platform, this is due to the stupidly high power use of the CHIPSET, there have been a good number of tests showing that all but the top clocked nano's use less power, the nano's current version dosnt scale well, once u ramp up the clocks it draws more power BUT you do not have to run it at full power all the time, infact my friend has a samsung nano based netbook, and most of the time it keeps itself underclocked, it dosnt even ramp up to full clock when playing 720p anime, where as his old atom based netbook had to run overclocked to play the same anime even using coreavc.
now depending on what chips/platforms you compair the story WILL BE DIFFRENT.
To confirm this we quickly fired up the Photoshop portion of our real world test suite and checked the power consumption used in one run through. Although Atom took a couple of minutes longer to complete the task, both systems used nearly identical amounts of power. Ultimately, this one's too close to call and will depend largely on your usage.
image that goes with this quote is below showing watt use over time(more accurate then other methods of testing)
and heres tweaktowns tests
and [H](dispite the fact I dispise kyle)
at full load the nano uses more power, but this is (at the time) the top of the line nano, from what I understand the dualcore nano's may be using 45nm prosess insted of the current 65nm prosess they are using that should drop power use at load down to match atom's(chip for chip) if atom dosnt get a better chipset its going to endup pulling more power at load.
most of a computers time(when talking about an alwase on system) is spent at idle, hell even most of its time when in day to day use is at idle, full load as tested by running stuff like prime95 (or the like) is not realistic, its worst case, and the fact is that at full load the nano is getting alot more work done then the atom(3ipc vs 2 ipc+ooe vs ioe)
IF you want a netbook/set top box/exct with decent power to energy use ratio, nano is better period.
the video on neither is great, but the GMA(945 chipset) is HORRIBLE and the chipset draws FAR TO MUCH POWER and produces WAY TO MUCH HEAT for the job its doing.....
if only we could get hd3000 class video paired with nano.....that would be a nice little video box