In the notebook segment of the market is really quite clean - at the moment there is provided by the Pentium M, with the Centrino mobile tech and the better operation of the power preserving artist are entire laptops that have a high performance would be combined with better battery life with Intel CPU equipped. In the desktop segment looks different - here, Intel at the moment with a very strong competitor, especially the new Prescott processors are record holders at the clock frequency and, unfortunately, the current consumption, what could be more natural to use a Pentium M in desktop computing, when performance permits.
This was previously not possible - for lack of motherboards designed for the desktop segment, the Pentium M is based on the use socket 479, which also owns not only one pin more than the base 478, but also a completely different pin layout. In addition, there are also other smaller obstacles that make the use of a socket 479 CPU in a Socket 478 motherboard impossible, a Pentium M needed is a desktop platform with Socket 479 - and these provide the manufacturer AOpen and DFI now using mATX-motherboards.
Here, the Pentium M desktop platform must continue to be contempt the Chipset i855GME satisfied, he is determined to one-channel DDR333 and 400MHz FSB. On a dual-channel DDR400 or DDR2-533 interface as the latest desktop processors from Intel and a 800 or 1066 MHz FSB, so it can not fall back, continues to provide the i855GME "only" 4x AGP - PCI Express x16 or so 8x AGP is also no question.
Whether this actually turns out, however, during operation as a disadvantage, we will see in the test, likewise, of course, the question of whether a Pentium M 2.0 GHz, which is before us here, can compete with a current Pentium 4 570J 3.8 GHz or a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46 GHz. The current Pentium M's flagship, the Pentium M 765 2.1 GHz - so he has at least 1.7 GHz clock less than the fastest Pentium 4 model, due to the completely different architecture and the shorter pipelines but this could well be irrelevant.
It is interesting to us, of course, look at the performance, but also the view of power consumption, with the Pentium M could offer new possibilities to construct energy-efficient, quiet systems, of course, we have devoted ourselves to this effect, the overclocking. A quick look at the AOpen motherboard, which we use in this test, we offer course as an introduction to the architecture and features of the Pentium M.