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Atom performance for compile/build tasks?

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Promit    13246
Anyone out there tried doing build work on an Atom system? I'm considering building a super cheap continuous integration box, but I can't figure out how the Atom might compare to regular desktop chips on this front. I don't need blazing fast compiles but I'd prefer not to wait all day for results, either...

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smr    2468
What are you going to be compiling? C#? C++? Java?

I tried building a low power Atom box and found it to be too slow. I wasn't using it for continuous integration, but it was rather slow at compiling Java. I swapped out the Atom board for a low power setup using an Athlon X2 5050e (45 W TDP) along with a Zotac mini-itx board. I've had no performance issues whatsoever.

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Promit    13246
About 200 KLOC of C++/CLI, is the big one. I didn't realize you could get mini-itx boards for anything but VIA chips. What's the cost like?

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smr    2468
The prices are bound to be different than when I bought the components last June, but I spent a little under $420 for a complete mini-itx system.

Specs:

Amd Athlon X2 5050E 2.6 GHz
ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
WD Caviar 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Sony Optiarc Slim 8X DVD±R Burner SATA
OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 1066 MHz Platinum Series 4 GB Dual Channel
Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 120W

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Promit    13246
Don't care about power, do care about noise. The two are of course related somewhat. I've just remembered that I have an Athlon64 X2 and 2GB of RAM lying around...all I need is a new motherboard. I think I'll build that out, since it sounds like it will be a lot better than the Atom dual cores chips...assuming I can still find a socket 939 board.

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