November 1st, 2010
AMD has launched in the market an Athlon II dual-core processor P340. The features of this processor make it a great competition for the recently released Intel Pentium P6100 series. Let’s have a look at the characteristics that make the Athlon II P340 a good option for customers in their search for a good processor for their laptops and/or notepads. The Athlon II P340 has a frequency of operation of 2.2 GHz. Another feature we should mention is that it has a CPU multiplier is of 16. When compared to the Intel Pentium p6100 series, the Athlon II P340 processor offers a memory controller of the DDR3, this means that the there is a reduction of the memory interval and it also means that there is an improvement in the processor as a whole. The dual-core has been built with 45nm lithography technology, and has a data width of 64 bits. It also offers a level 2 cache memory separated in the dual core and with 512 KB each level. Another striking characteristic of the Athlon II P340 processor is that the power consumption is of only 25 watts, the lowest power consumption processor when compared to other CPUs in the same market segment.
The Athlon ii supports Hardware virtualization. The advantage of such feature is that you will be able to have different operating systems in the same device without having to cope with a decrease in performance. One thing you should take into account when considering to purchase a laptop with this type of processor is that it has a revolutionary technology to avoid heating problems (Powernow and Cool’n’Quit). Some other things that the Athlon II P340 processor includes are an adjustable controller, hardware to help you control temperature of the processor, and some integration based samples. The new dual-core processor from AMD also includes an outstanding feature to help you protect the timer support. The reason why I believe this is a good processor to get is because all the available graphic cards in the market can be used with the Athlon II P340. Nevertheless, as the speed for processing data is not much it does not offer an excellent performance when the customer uses applications that require multi threading. You will find this type of Athlon II P340 processor in brands such as Sony Vaio, HP and Acer, but not all models come with a dual-core processor P340.