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AMD Athlon 64 2000+ for Immediate Competition with Intel Atom

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While AMD touted the Bobcat as a definitive competitor to Intel Atom, being a low-power K8 based part with the same design advantages its ancestors had over competing Intel parts when they made up for higher performing alternatives, this part won't make it until next year, enough time for the Atom to gain a stronger foothold in the market. As immediate competition to the Atom, AMD seems to have set an Athlon 64 2000+ single core processor as its ULPC / UMPC processor part. This processor is single core, features a 1.00 GHz clock-speed and 256 KB of L2 cache, which should still give it a performance edge over a 1.50 GHz Atom judging purely by the fact that the Atom isn't based on the Core micro-architecture (yet) and uses an older design.

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amd vs intel

nice one amd, this is what amd should have done from day 1, where intel is weak amd should av been king. SIMPLE
 

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wtf? 2000+? that's like mid-range socket A speed.
 

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Now that AMD has downgraded its mobile processors, its on.
 
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I doubt Intel will be standing still for NINE MONTHS until AMD are ready to launch their competitive product.

AMD Lima is HUGE



...not good for embedded or pica-ITX.

Just applying Moore's law of doubling CPU power every 18 months, we should expect Lima to beat current Atom by at least 100% in order to be a clear winner in 9 months time.



... I'm not seeing it at all. It's going to be about the same performance as Atom is today. The only time Lima beats Atom is when HT is turned off. In fact, being so late to market and no better in performance and being so much bigger, there is only one descriptive: FAIL
 
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Who the hell is gonna care about 4w?
 
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If this is an immediate competition then it may be enough to knock the sales out of intels Atom. Good strategy AMD!
 

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The 2000s not really comparable in the most important field, size. It's only available in mATX form factor so basically pushes it's self out of the market it's trying to get a foothold in. I guess it all depends on who they can get to use this in an ITX or netbook. It's performance per watt puts it above intel and Via but we all know AMDs biggest problems always been marketing.
 
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Ive been doing some research in this area, cheap my low power computing thread in system builders

The intel solution isnt blu ray capable (something one would want in a htpc), and with todays high energy rates one could se how one would want a low powered htpc or download box.

the amd solution has 3 times the sata ports, insanely faster onboards graphics, just to name a few.
 
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Ive been doing some research in this area, cheap my low power computing thread in system builders

The intel solution isnt blu ray capable (something one would want in a htpc), and with todays high energy rates one could se how one would want a low powered htpc or download box.

the amd solution has 3 times the sata ports, insanely faster onboards graphics, just to name a few.
with the 780 chipset you would expect that though
 
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I doubt Intel will be standing still for NINE MONTHS until AMD are ready to launch their competitive product.

AMD Lima is HUGE

{performance graph}

...not good for embedded or pica-ITX.

Just applying Moore's law of doubling CPU power every 18 months, we should expect Lima to beat current Atom by at least 100% in order to be a clear winner in 9 months time.

{performance graph}

... I'm not seeing it at all. It's going to be about the same performance as Atom is today. The only time Lima beats Atom is when HT is turned off. In fact, being so late to market and no better in performance and being so much bigger, there is only one descriptive: FAIL
Actually, if you actually read the entirety of Tom's review, they came up with a 13% performance advantage for the Athlon in real-world tests (not the synthetics you posted). Factor in the huge advantage in graphics power (and features) offered by the 780G chipset, and I don't see a whole lot of fail. Also, keep in mind that they used a desktop-grade motherboard with a 4-phase power design. The Athlon system proved itself energy efficient as it is, and with a minimalist board design like the Atom uses, power consumption would only drop further. Swap the 780G for a 740G and... Well, I think you get my point.

The real downside is, as you said, the size of the chip, but I highly doubt that is going to restrict it in the netbook market. UMPCs, maybe, but do we even have full-speed Atom chips in the UMPC market to begin with? No, nor is that a market consumers are particularly interested in anyway. The primary issue as I see it will come from the higher cost of production for AMD, especially given that they will be competing in a low-margin market to begin with. As the Tom's preview pointed out, while I'm sure AMD's yields on K8 chips are doing just fine, what we're not sure of is how many of them can run at the voltage standard this chip is setting, and that may be what ultimately creates a good deal of trouble for the project until its successor arrives...
 
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AMD should have released dual-core 8w cpu directly not single core, then no competion atleast some money will go into AMD's pocket.
 
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I doubt Intel will be standing still for NINE MONTHS until AMD are ready to launch their competitive product.

AMD Lima is HUGE

...not good for embedded or pica-ITX.

Just applying Moore's law of doubling CPU power every 18 months, we should expect Lima to beat current Atom by at least 100% in order to be a clear winner in 9 months time.


... I'm not seeing it at all. It's going to be about the same performance as Atom is today. The only time Lima beats Atom is when HT is turned off. In fact, being so late to market and no better in performance and being so much bigger, there is only one descriptive: FAIL
PCmark AND tom's hardware bwhahahahahah. Everyone knows that BOTH are paid by intel. They have been for years.
It has to be the worst possible synthetic benchmark. (besides the old sysmark that intel owned, but would never admit to).
 
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At 1 GHz I can get an old turion (like 2 yrs old) to run a lot lower (well a lot relatively haha) than .8v, so I wouldn't be worried about any yields. They could've made these years ago.
This 8W isn't jack with the mem controller on there and w/o a chipset devouring power unlike the atom.

They need to take off the heatspreader and spread out those fins along the MB (a nice new and thin cooler design).
 
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actully if they really wanted to compete id bring AXP back actully. Its smaller, and lower power, imagine a 65nm Barton and what it would actully do. And as said the A64 2000 is about the speed of an AXP 2400 in reality, so id say bring me a Barton AXP 2ghz chip on a 65nm process, and make it imbedded to save time
 
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@DrPepper :roll: That was too funny.

I say this is a good move by AMD, get in everywhere. the netbook is the "it" thing these days so it may pay off for AMD.
 
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but even so the 2000 coupled with the 780 chipset is a no brainer surely
The vid has no issue with blu ray,it's the CPU not able to decrypt the data for processing by the GPU. The upside to the 2000 using mATX is there may some software OCing option that could bump it up just enough to play blu ray and then drop it back. It really does make you wonder how much you could down clock some of todays CPUs.
 

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I can run my X2 4200 @ 1000mhz with 1v but its an EE chip though its Windsor, im sure the Brisbane could go lower
 

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the big thing about this is the chipset - 945g and its onboard video are damn well antiques, and the AMD chipset uses less power than the intel version which evens up the power usage.

The CPU is faster, but uses more power - the chipset is faster, more modern, and better features - yet it uses less power. Overall the AMD system is as clear winner.