When it comes to desktop computers there are many different types on the market. Every now and then two models are pitted head to head. Atom and Core were clearly designed with different goals in mind. Atom is intended to be affordable machines for convenience, while the Core i3 is meant to provide users with full features, serving as a powerful processor for desktops. Both competitors can be compared in a variety of ways including cost, style, functionality, and of course efficiency.


Atom sells for several hundred dollars, making it the most affordable option. This allows people at the lower end of the spending spectrum to afford it. This is especially important when it comes to developing nations, as it will go a long way to helping future growth and global connectivity. Its low price naturally alludes to its limited range of features. Its performance is average, and the processor is slower. The downside with this is that these types of processes require the use of more power.

If you just need a computer for the simple things like keeping in touch with friends and family via e-mail and going online to keep up to date with the latest happenings then the Atom is a great machine. If you need it for business then it will let you down. The overall design of the machine is smaller and simpler. It features only what is necessary, and holds off on adding the bells and whistles.

Core i3

Core is much more expensive, and is aimed at a market that wants a machine that can perform faster and better. What makes it shoot up in price is the cost of the chips. Added to that is the chipset, platform and processor. Core is worth its weight in gold and performs well with using less power, so the efficiency has been greatly improved upon. This is what the newer versions like the Core i3 and i7 are fitted with, a marvellous step up from the Core 2 predecessors.

In recent times the Atom 230 was compared to the rather basic Core 2 Duo E7200m, and they were similar in performance but Core still took the checkered flag. Only several months later, the dual-core Atom 330 was put against the Core 2 Duo platform, but as much as the Atom had improved, it still shied in comparison to the Core.


It is clear that Core i3 can trump the atom on desktop any day, but one has to keep in mind that they are designed for two entirely different markets. They are both great machines in their own classes, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. How efficient is it for you, depends entirely on what you need the computer for in the first place. It will be very interesting to see what the manufacturers come up next, and whether Atom will ever be able to compete in the same league and Core. For now, no matter which way you slice it though, Core i3 comes out on top.