Via’s Nano L2100 takes on Intel’s Atom 230
In addition to the Nano and Atom processors, we’ve included a Pentium M in our comparison for the sake of reference. Right now, as they read these words, marketing types from both Intel and Via are hyperventilating into cheap ugg boots paper bags, as are small contingents of pedantic fanboys from each side. Our thinking was this: we needed a familiar x86 processor as a performance and power consumption reference, and a Pentium M at 2GHz seemed like the best candidate we had on hand. We tested the Pentium M 760 on a desktop class motherboard, just as we did the Atom and Nano, though the board is a little older. We’ve also presented the Pentium M’s performance results in a nice “grayed out” checkerboard pattern on our graphs, so you can easily pretend they’re not there, if it really bugs you. The rest of us may find the architectural comparison rather intriguing.
Please do note, though, that the 915 chipset’s IGP wouldn’t support Vista’s cheap ugg boots Aero look, so we didn’t have that ena cheap ugg boots bled on the Pentium M system, while it was enabled on the other two. I suspect that might impact performance in some of the WorldBench tests, perhaps.
Also, although this Atom motherboard purportedly is capable of running its memory at 667MHz, we had no luck getting it to work at that speed with our 2GB DIMM. The board wouldn’t POST if we set the speed manually to 667MHz, and the BIOS offers zero tweaking options for memory timings and voltage. Fortunately, the motherboard did choose some nice, tight timings for the memory at 533MHz, which is probably just as good as a clock speed bump for most intents, so we just ran with it. Not that we had much choice in the matter.
Our testing methods
As ever, we did our best to deliver clean benchmark numbers. Tests were run at least three times, and the results were averaged.
Our test systems were configured like so:
Thanks to Corsair for provi cheap ugg boots ding us with memory for our testing. Their products and support are far and away superior to generic, no name memory. Thanks to OCZ for providing these units for our use in testing.