Phenom II N830 X3 Triple Core Processor – AMD
Phenom ii N830 is a triple core processor clocked at 2.1 GHz. In multi threaded environments the three cores of the Phenom are expected to perform better as compared to the similarly clocked two cores intel processor . You may like to explore further about benchmarking if this area looks interesting to you – the Phenom ii N830 and the Core i3-330M makes an interesting comparison.
But when pitted against more popular Core i3-370M, the hyperthreaded dual core 2.4 GHz Intel processor, the Phenom ii definitely shows signs of slowing down on accounts of the lower 2.1 GHz frequency. Power consumption is another area of concern where AMD’s platform do not fare will against the Intel core i3 based platforms.
The Phenom II N830 processor has integrated DDR3 memory controller. AMD was ahead of Intel in terms of launching the integrated memory controller based processors. But then, it has been a history now. When Intel implemented integrated memory controller starting with its core i3, core i5 processors, it ensured that AMD stood crippled of any advantage it had due to the lead in the Integrated Memory Controller.
The L2 cache of N830 consists of 512KB of cache for each of the three cores, giving it a total cache memory of 3 x 512 KB or 1536KB. The TDP Rating of the Phenom II N830 is rated slightly higher at 35 Watts as compared to the 25 Watts of the P820.
If you compare the performance and benchmarking of Phenom II N830 X3 Triple Core – it obviously does better as compared to the corresponding P820. The Windows 7 satisfaction rating for N830 is at score of 6.0 which is better than the P820 score of 5.0 and stays equal to the intel i3-330M processors score.
The Super Pi 1M test scores shows significantly improved performance. The Phenom II N830 processor took 43 seconds to calculate the value of the super Pi ( till 1 million place) – the corresponding score for the Phenom II P820 processor was found to be 37. The Phenom II N830 however, performs somewhat slower as compared to the intel processor at similar frequency for single thread operation. The 2.13 GHz Intel i3-330 M took just 21 sec for the 1M super pi calculation.
The phenom ii N830 also provide virtualization which is helpful if you are planning to use multiple operating systems and wish to switch between the operating system on the go.
The Phenom II N830 X3 Triple Core Processor in the big brother of the AMD Phenom II P820 X3 triple core Processor. The Phenom II N830 bumps up the core frequency to 2.1 GHz as compared to the 1.8 GHz for the Phenom II P820. Both the processors are triple core processors and give some serious competition to the dual core intel i3 and i5 series of the processors.