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[xbitlabs] Every Watt Counts: AMD E-350 vs. Intel Core i3-2100T

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Once we completed this test session, we were truly impressed by the new Intel Core i3-2100T processor. We hope that we didn’t praise it too much and you do not consider our article to be a concealed marketing trick, since it really deserves all the praises in full. So far there hasn’t been a single product out there with the same appealing combination of performance, power consumption and price. New Sandy Bridge microarchitecture not only transformed the perception of high-performance processors. It also conquered new heights in energy efficiency by delivering unique desktop processors with 35 W TDP and great performance. One of processors like that is the Core i3-2100T, which we have just reviewed. While its practical power consumption is comparable to that of Intel Atom D525 and AMD E-350 (with a few allowances), it is 3-4 times faster than them.
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Do take into account the fact that the Zacate platform costs A LOT less, so this article doesn't give it much justice.
    
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Do take into account the fact that the Zacate platform costs A LOT less, so this article doesn't give it much justice.
The article does mention that zacate cost less (check the full conclusion from the review in the last page)

Obviously, you didn't read it
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The article does mention that zacate cost less (check the full conclusion from the review in the last page)

Obviously, you didn't read it
I did read it. How about you stop presuming crap based on nothing?
Zacate will offer much more bang-for-buck for what this is typically gonna be used for: media consumption.

Xbit may want to praise Intel all they want, but that doesn't diminish the fact that Sandy Bridge is too expensive for an HTPC.
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Zacate will offer much more bang-for-buck for what this is typically gonna be used for: media consumption.
I disagree with you

There is only about ~$100-$120 price difference between E-350 + Mini ITX mobo vs i3 2100T + Mini ITX

But 2100T offers better gaming performance, 3-4 times CPU performance, lower power consumption at idle and when playing 1080p video. Not to mention Quick Sync technology which can transcode HD video way faster than anything.

For not huge price difference, you can get much much better processor
Edited by ThePath - 4/18/11 at 1:31am
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Is AMD trying to be "Smartcar" or something?
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I disagree with you

There is only about ~$100-$120 price difference between E-350 + Mini ITX mobo vs i3 2100T + Mini ITX

But 2100T offers better gaming performance, 3-4 times CPU performance, lower power consumption at idle and when playing 1080p video. Not to mention Quick Sync technology which can transcode HD video way faster than anything.
"Only" ending up meaning costing 2x as much. Man, you're hilarious. You don't need high CPU performance for consuming media. Zacate also has low power consumption idle and playing 1080p video. Your point?

QuickSync is the only valid argument I see here, but paying 2x more to get JUST that seems a bit... high. But keep blindingly recommending Intel; you're good at it.
    
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No, it doesn't cost 2x as much, unless if you only compare CPU with mobo

But if you build a complete build (with similar HDD, CD roms, case etc), then it will cost only about ~ $120 more

For example, if you buy a complete build that has E-350 and it cost you $400, then 2100T is going to cost only about ~ $520 (if all other parts are similar)

Remember that many people don't buy just mobo and a CPU
Edited by ThePath - 4/18/11 at 1:41am
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"Only" ending up meaning costing 2x as much. Man, you're hilarious. You don't need high CPU performance for consuming media. Zacate also has low power consumption idle and playing 1080p video. Your point?

QuickSync is the only valid argument I see here, but paying 2x more to get JUST that seems a bit... high. But keep blindingly recommending Intel; you're good at it.
The only one who seems especially biased in this thread is you.... OP didn't say that that Zacate was worthless, and the article said the same. If you absolutely need your HTPC equipment at rock bottom prices, it serves that purpose. However, the new intel platform is clearly pretty awesome. In power consumption alone, you'll more than bridge the difference in price over a few years, and the bump in performance is really nice.

As far as I'm concerned, 4x as fast, for 2x as much money, is pretty darn good, not to mention, the price of the entire system will be no ware near twice as expensive (that's just the CPU) and, for a 120 buck premium, it not going to be an issue for the average buyer.
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In Australia a decent ITX board with the 2100T costs $100 more than the E-350 on a decent board, worth it IMO.
    
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