AMD Athlon ii 170U Processor
The AMD Athlon ii 170u is one of the most popular AMD processors, and its popularity seems to be driven by the its low power (it has TDP rating of just 20 Watts) and low cost ( AMD lists it at $56.99 at the time of writing), which takes precedance over the fact that it is just a single core processor.
The single core means that the processor does not stand a chance to win the performance race with the other two core processor, for example AMD Turion ii P520 (2.3 GHz, 2 MB Cache, two cores), AMD Athlon ii P340 ( 2.2 GHz, dual core), or may be Intel core i3-350M, or even the Athlon ii P320.
However, it does not mean that the processor is useless for your task. Most the Notebook and PC users do not actually need the kind of the processing power that a modern PC possess. Unless you are a developer who needs to compile a lot of code, or you do a lot of video processing or are a high end gamer ( by high end gamers we mean that you play games that needs high real time processing power and the graphics display need to be very fast measured in frams per seconds). For a majoity of other users including those who use it internet surfing, emails, movie watching, spreadsheet and word, simple online game playing, the Athlon ii 170U is a decent processor.
Athlon ii 170U Key Features
– 2.0 GHz core frequency
– Single Core – this is NOT a dual core processor
– 1 MB L2 Cache
– Fits in Socket AM2+ and AM3
– TDP ( Thermal Design Power Rating) 20 Watts
– Integrated DDR2/DDR3 memory Controller
– Fast Differential HyperTransport Bus to communicate with chipsets
Though, Athlon ii 170u is single core processor, it does enjoy some of the exotic properties of the Athlon ii Series, including the integrated DDR memory controller and the HyperTransport Bus. It aslo supports the AMD Virtualization technology, however, its effectiveness reduces, as, there is only one core.
Recently some of the notebooks and PCs powered by the Athlon ii 170u include the HP Omni 100 series All in one desktop available at $570 and up depending upon configuration.
Compaq Presario CQ5600F is a sub $300 desktop PC powered by Athlon ii 170u
Acer AZ3100-U3072 another all in one one desktop PC, a sub $600 PC with 2 GB RAM and full 1080 HD Display.
eMachines EL1352-51, a desktop PC is available for $329. It has 2GB DDR3 RAM with 500 GB Hard Disk.