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Faster Intel Atom Hits In Q1

Gordon Kelly


Faster Intel Atom Hits In Q1

Let's face it, the Intel Atom CPU may be very power efficient and extremely cheap, but that's because it is essentially rubbish.

Hopefully going someway to changing that is a report from Fudzilla which claims Intel will introduce two new chips - the ‘N450' and ‘N470' - in early Q1. The N450 has been rumoured for some time, but it is the latter which really peaks our interest.

Like the N450, it will integrate graphics and the memory controller onto a single chip to cut the TDP (Thermal Design Power) to 6.5 watts. By contrast the current N270 only uses 2.5 watts, but given the separate graphics controller the N470 should best it overall. Significantly, the N470 will also clock in at a faster 1.83GHz and feature an increased 667MHz FSB.

2010 will be a big year for Intel. So-called smartbooks (even smaller, cheaper netbooks running Linux variants and using ARM-based processors) should start to emerge and though Intel holds the Windows ace card (ARM processors are currently not supported by any flavour of Windows - including Windows 7) it should see the sector heat up even further.

Or in short: the pressure is on for Atoms to be less crap...


via Fudzilla


September 9, 2009, 8:09 pm

Harsh but fair Mr Kelly. Harsh but fair.


September 9, 2009, 8:12 pm



September 9, 2009, 9:13 pm

I take it you don't have a netbook then Gordon? :-P


September 9, 2009, 9:31 pm

Atoms are not rubbish, the chipset surrounding them is.

It may not have the performance of a core 2 Duo but they are just battery killers & laptop heaters.

Intel should concentrate on keeping TDP down while trying to get the chipset running 1080p.

The only application that atoms can not run properly are games, if you want to play games why not buy a console or handheld.


September 9, 2009, 9:57 pm

Do we really need another "book" device between a smart phone and a netbook? Are these "smartbooks" in the same space which the apple tablet is going to open up?


September 9, 2009, 10:25 pm

This couldn't come soon enough. The current Atom chips really are painfully slow even for basic web browsing.


September 10, 2009, 12:32 am

chessnuts you need to clean your system and stop using IE.

I'm running Firefox. Visual Studio 2008, uTorrent, McAfee and a few Adobe PDF`s responsiveness fine.


September 10, 2009, 1:41 am

The standard for the netbook category has to be the eee 701 and the new Arm-based machines are going to be closer to that then the Ion-based £350 machines. So, why don't we keep the netbook name for those machines designed for the net and other basics like the eee 701 and arm-based machines and come up with a new term for the more ambitious machines? Personally I'd just catagorise them as the cheap end of the ultraportable category with performance to match but videobooks would work, or nick the smartbook term.

Having netbooks be the mid-range of three catagories of tiny notebooks is just going to confuse a lot of people initially when there's been lots written about how they're the absolute basics.


September 10, 2009, 2:42 am

LetsGo I'm running a windows 7 RC heavily stripped down for best performance, Readyboost is being used, and my browser isn't IE6/7, I'm currently using Firefox 3.5 which has also been tweaked to increase performance due to making little difference out-of-the-box. I've also tried IE8 and Google Chrome and had no extra luck. It's the Acer Aspire One netbook. Oh and latest updates areinstalled too.

The processor is simply too slow in its current form and Intel shouldn't be selling. Thankfully I only have to hang in there for a few more weeks until I can afford to buy an average performance PC.


September 10, 2009, 8:56 am

I recently bought the HP mini 5101 and am having no problems with the atom N280 chip. I use it for uni and have had visio, word, excel and adobe all open at once along with skype and google chrome.

Running windows xp but maybe it helps having 2 gigs of ram and a 7200 spin hdd?

So no problems for me, though anything faster is always a bonus ^^


September 10, 2009, 1:24 pm

@chessnuts my 2gb ram Samsung NC10 runs Windows 7 fast.

Its not the atom holding back your system's speed.

You probably need to install more Ram and use the correct drivers.

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