Intel Dual-Core Atom 330 Shown Off

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Guru3D got their hands on an ECS mainboard with Intel’s new dual-core Atom 330 processor.  While results showed that you won’t be using this guy for heavy rendering and other similar tasks, it seems that the 330 gives solid performance for the price.  It’s annoying that these boards come with the CPU soldered in, leaving little to no upgrade room, but honestly, they’re so cheap, comparatively speaking, that by the time there’s an upgrade path available, it’s easier just to get a new one. 

Credit: The Guru of 3D

All you need to get a fully functional desktop out of this is to add a stick of RAM, a hard drive, a power supply and an operating system.  The most expensive part of that is the OS, unless you want to get in on some Linux action.  The fact is, with its low cost (you can get it now for less than nintey dollars) and low power consumption, this would be a great platform for alternate PC usage, like a file server, firewall, nettop, HTPC, etc.  Anything that doesn’t require huge amounts of power would be admirably served by this little box. 

 

Further reading:

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Guru3D.com article

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