AMD Athlon ii P360 processor review
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AMD’s Athlon ii P360 is a dual core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz.
We can categorize P360 as an entry level processor and it should be good enough for your home computing. However, we do not recommend it, if your task involves some degree of programming, compiling and video processing. As you can see in some of the benchmark comparison on the right hand side tables – P360 lacks performance as compared to similarly clocked core i3 processors and are comparable to the earlier core 2 duo processors. We strongly suggest that you take a look at the core i3 based notebooks for performance.
The P360 has integrated memory controller which makes the processor communicate with memory directly. This improves the speed with which the processor communicates with the processor.
The Athlon ii P360 lacks teeth in its Cache. While its L1 cache with 64 KB of data and 64 KB of instruction cache for each core is adequate, the mere 512 KB L2 cache per core may lead to slow performance. Fortunately, the integrated DDR3 memory controller ensures that the cache miss does not lead to too slow memory access.
The communication to the Chipset is using fast 1600 MHz 16 bit HyperTransport Bus. This fast bus improves upon the performance of the earlier Front Side Bus.
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The performance of the Athlon ii P360 is similar to the Intel Core2 Duo processors in 2.00GHz to 2.2 GHz range. The Passmark Benchmarking score for the Athlon ii P360, for example stands at 1172 as compared to the 1148 score of Core 2 Duo T5800 ( 2 GHz, Dual core).
The Athlon ii P360 is a low power processor with TDP rating of just 25 Watts. Its low TDP rating helps in the design of slim and thin notebooks requiring less emphasis on heatsink, fan and ventilation.
Athlon ii P360 does support advanced multimedia instructions including SSE3 and SSE4a. With the support for the 64 bit instructions you can take advantage of many of the newer software that work on 64 bit.
The Athlon ii P360 has support for Virtualization technology, which helps you if you run two operating systems in parallel and you need to switch between the operating systems seamlessly.
Built with 45 nm technology, Athlon ii P320 is packaged in 638 pin Micro BGA and fits in S1g4 socket, which is a variant of S1 socket to accommodate DDR3 memory.
No benchmark score information was available at the time of writing. We have updated the Benchmark results of the Athlon ii P360.
We (still) encourage readers to post the Super Pi and Windows 7 Experience index if they are in the possession of a notebook powered by Athlon ii P360 processor. This greatly helps potential notebook buyers who are undecided about buying a notebook powered by Athlon ii P360.
There are not many notebooks we could find powered by Athlon ii P360. The one we could see was Toshiba C660D-10C. We expect more notebooks powered by Athlon ii P360 in the coming future.
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