The Atom shows higher performance just about everywhere, but what no one was specifying was if the benchmarks being run were multithreaded or not. Page 8 of that review, the fourth image is the only thing I’ve found anywhere comparing the 900 to the 901 specifically single threaded. With multithreading the atom wins again, but with just a single thread the 900 comes out faster, which is a bit of a letdown.
901(xp version) ssd test on HD-TUNE (4G + 8G)
Sure, a hyperthreaded processor will help desktop responsiveness, but it isn’t going to speed things up too much. Hardly is going to be encoding video on the eee. Decoding isn’t AFAIK multithreaded. No one will be running benchmarks in daily usage. Older games (that the eee can run) aren’t programmed to take advantage of multithreading.
So why do I care? The 900 can run Starcraft in Wine (on Linux) barely. It lags a tiny bit. I was hoping to see the 901 be a tiny bit faster and maybe able to play it without hiccups. If it is in fact slower with single threads, that hope is dashed.
That’s particular concern is pretty much only a problem for people who want to run Linux but like Starcraft, but the same will hold up with other games, native for Windows or Linux: the Atom will slow them down compared to the Celeron, unless the faster RAM and GMA 950 instead of 900 can make up the difference. Heck, they may be able to, though I severely doubt it for Starcraft in Wine (basically CPU bound).
I would love to see someone compare that game in that environment (Wine) on the 900 and 901 to see if my concern is correct. Oh well, I prefer how the 900 looks anyway (no fingerprints) so I could deal with the lesser battery life if it really does play Starcraft better.
900 ssd(4+16) on ATTO DISK
901 ssd(4+8) on ATTO DISK
900 ssd test on CRYSTAL DISKMARK
901 ssd test CRYSTAL DISKMARK
Super PI(with patch SSE3) 1M test result 1m 32sec.
3Dmark03 … 1024×768 resolution
3Dmark05 , 1024×768 resolution
PCMARK05 score 1137
PCMARK05 v1.10 scores.(higher is better)
3DMARK05 v1.30 scores(higher is better)