Intel Atom processor

Intel / Atom 1.6ghz
February 11, 2009 at 07:36:55
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Atom 1.6GHz 2GB
What is the difference between the "netbook" processors [Intel Atom (1.6GHz)] and a "real" laptop processor? How do they compare? How do I understand their processing ability?

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February 11, 2009 at 09:39:02
What do you need to know? It's a low power, low performance CPU. Any of the current low end "real" laptop CPUs will blow it away. Here's a couple of quotes from some recent Tom's Hardware articles:

"We are not sure what to think of the Atom solution, as it offers an interesting, extremely low-power processor, which delivers at least acceptable performance."

"If you are really sure that the desired system will be exclusively used for undemanding applications such as browsing the Web, reading email or doing simple business work, the Atom solution will be fine. It is slower than any other x86 platform—check out our comparison with VIA’s Nano—so be prepared to be patient."

If a CPU that's classified as "acceptable" & being "patient" while waiting for programs to load is what you're after, it's a perfect choice!

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