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Discuss: Intel Atom CPU

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June 3, 2011 at 06:07:59
Specs: Windows 7, 1.9 GHz / 3837 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Intel's Atom CPU has already sold over 100 million units. Discuss here if you would buy one of these low-power chips, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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June 3, 2011 at 06:16:59
I bought a net book last year and ended up returning it. Using the unit was reminiscent of having a dial-up connection again. Maybe my experience was skewed by the fact I used it exclusively for internet browsing.

I think the reason 100 million units have been sold is strictly about price. If the users that come here with net book issues are any indication they didn't realize exactly what they were buying.

Maybe this isn't the fault of the processor but that is where they are being deployed.

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June 3, 2011 at 07:21:11
I bought an Atom powered netbook also. It runs quite well after reformatting and installing Linux.

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June 3, 2011 at 11:47:15
Value for money = Atom CPU and it seems that Intel will carry on with this lineage on a smaller die to compete with ARM, but it has to be faced up to that the older Pentium M is far better at processing. Sum up - cheap and cheerful !

If I had a choice between a Dual-Core Atom vs Dual-Core ARM I would seriously consider the ARM because it is a RISC CPU.

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June 3, 2011 at 12:39:47
I've had a Asus EeePC netbook for 3 years. Reformatted SSD drive and installed the nLited version of XP and dropped 2GB of RAM into it. I was impressed by the Atom CPU, especially after finding a utility that would allow it to run at it's full speed. It seemed as fast as any other desktop I had, so yeah, I'd consider another machine with it.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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June 3, 2011 at 13:16:39
Have 2 - Would buy another especially a dual core.

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June 3, 2011 at 17:40:58
I haven't owned one but have had a few brought to me by clients. Personally I see no real difference. I mean afterall when it comes to things like this it all depends on the users needs. If all you need to drive is a "Yugo" and you're happy with it then there is no problem with it. If you need the space of a full sized van or the pulling power of a 3/4 ton truck then the Yugo is going to suck.


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June 3, 2011 at 19:10:14
Even with 2GB of RAM, the 1.66GHz hyper-threaded Atom I used was quite sluggish. Loading Flash heavy webpages on Atom actually brought back memories of using my ancient Athlon 600 system. Even browsing the file system with Explorer didn't feel as responsive as it was on a six year old PC with a more traditional processor. I haven't tried the dual-core Atom yet, but because it's based on the same in-order cores and still running at ~1.6GHz, I doubt that the experience would be much better.

With the same amount of RAM, AMD's E-350--also a netbook processor--"feels" much faster than Atom. Then again, so does my overclocked Pentium

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June 3, 2011 at 22:40:52
I have a Toshiba Netbook with the Atom processor,
I upgraded to 2GB ram and it works great and I also upgraded it to the full windows 7 premium. I only use it for surfing the net, emails and a MagicJack and so far have not had any trouble with it at all.
The win 7 starter really sux, that's why I upgraded and all works great.

Oh, i also use skype and I get great full vid when using it.

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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June 4, 2011 at 18:43:51
Bought a Gigabyte D525TUD. I'm impressed. I don't need a super computer, just more ram. This one was a cheap upgrade on processor and ram for a tad bit more than the RAM

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June 4, 2011 at 22:06:48
Atom powered netbooks may become the entry level model. Walmart has some priced on sale at $220. I think it may drop to under $200 by the end of the year.

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June 5, 2011 at 23:42:34
Atom is only good for netbooks. Its cheaper but also slower

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