Originally Posted by Herc
I'm curious how would an atom 330 ion rig compare to an Athlon X2 underclocked and undervolted with nvidia onboard GPU?
that depends on what aspects you're talking about....
performance-wise, the Athlon will rock the Atom.
in terms of power efficiency and small form-factor, the Atom wins, hands-down.
i'm personally seriously considering purchasing an ASRock Nettop ION 330 AMCP7A-ION system for my living room....it's got the 1.6Ghz dual-core 330 chip, which is the ONLY atom chip that supports 64-bit instructions (essential for supporting 4GB+ RAM & a 64-bit OS), has an nVidia 9400m GPU (which supports full hardware 1080p playback, and is decent even for casual gaming), and the memory runs in dual-channel mode, vs. single-channel mode for all the others. read the review
i don't think this system is priced too terribly for what you get:white versionblack version
sure, there are cheaper ways to go, but this thing really couldn't be much easier.....just plug it in, install your OS of choice and applications/front end, and you're good to go....it draws virtually no power, it's silent, it doesn't run hot, it looks good, and it's got a TINY footprint. i've even read on other forums that someone has this exact system and plays WoW on it with no problems.....so it can't be as bad as you guys are making it out to be. the other atom systems, maybe, but not all atom systems are the same.