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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Briarwood Deneb
MoBo Socket BGA 1283 Socket AM3
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 12 Nov 2012 02 Jun 2009
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Cores 2 4
CPU Threads - 4
Clock Speed 2 GHz 2.5 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
Max TDP 14 W 65 W
Lithography 32 nm 45 nm
Bit Width - 64 Bit
Max Temperature - 70°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 112 KB 64 KB
L2 Cache Size 1024 KB 2048 KB
L3 Cache Size - 6 MB
Memory Types
Memory Channels - 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Atom S1289 2.0GHz is a budget Server CPU based on the Briarwood Core of the 32nm Saltwell micro-architecture. <br/> Manufactured with a 32nm technology, it features 2 Cores (4 Threads) clocked at 2.0GHz and no Integrated Graphics. The Memory controller supports up to DDR3-1333 memory type. The Max power drawn should be of around 14W. <br/> Its performance is overall average but there are no benchmarks available and so this CPU's rank is subject to change. Phenom II X4 905e is an energy efficient processor based on the 45nm, K10 architecture. <br/> <br/> It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.5GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache. <br/> Among its many features, <b>Virtualization</b> is activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily. <br/> <br/> The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W. <br/> <br/> It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Phenom II X4 905e is massively better than the Intel Atom S1289 2.0GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

Both the Atom S1289 2.0GHz and the Phenom II X4 905e were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The 4 has 2 more cores than the Atom S1289 2.0GHz. { With 4 cores, the 4 is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Atom S1289 2.0GHz and Phenom II X4 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Phenom II X4 has a 0.5 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the 4.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The <span class='gpu2Mention'>Phenom II X4</span> has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Atom S1289 2.0GHz</span>, and although the Atom S1289 2.0GHz does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.