Dual-core Atom Equipped Netbooks Ship

"The first netbooks bearing dual-core Intel Atom processors have begun to ship."

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When Intel first released their low-power Atom processors, manufacturers scrambled to get their hands on them in order to get in on the netbook fad.  Over the past couple years, Intel has been constantly expanding this line, even releasing a few dual-core varieties along the way.  However, up till now these dual-cores have only been available for low-power desktops and nettops.  Back in April, Intel gave word they would be working to bring such chips to the netbook platform.  Well now that time has come.

With the recent release of the Atom N550 processor, major manufacturers have now begun to ship dual-core equipped netbooks.  These manufacturers include Intel's usual partners Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, and Toshiba.

"In their short history, the netbook category has experienced impressive growth," said Erik Reid, director of marketing for mobile platforms at Intel. "Having shipped about 70 million Intel Atom chips for netbooks since our launch of the category in 2008, there is obviously a great market for these devices around the world."

Intended to provide enough power for entry-level gaming and a smooth multimedia experience, the N550 features a clock speed of 1.5GHz, support for 2GB DDR3 memory, and Intel's HyperThreading technology.  The step up to two cores has only resulted in an increase of 3W TDP to 8.5W over the single-core N450, so battery-life should remain quite solid with the new chip.

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09-08-2010, 21:27:40

SilverSS/SC


For £65 its a no brainer.




Yeah, it does look nice. But I already bought the Antec 902, I got it for $60 us. I was going to do an external 3x120mm radiator mounted off of the back. But the Utgard does look nice.

09-08-2010, 21:29:19

SilverSS/SC
Does anyone know if the Noctua NH-D14 will fit in the 902 case? After looking at the review of it, it looks very nice.

09-08-2010, 21:30:24

tinytomlogan
It should fit fine mate, its your ram you need to think about more than anything.

09-08-2010, 22:00:40

SilverSS/SC
Cool. I have the G.Skill Ripjaw series ram, with lower heatsinks....hopefully should fit. Yeah, if I didn't already have the case, I would have looked seriously at the Xigmatek Utgard case. But I got the Antec at such a good price locally and it was new in the box. Hopefully it should still suffice for a decent first build. I'm sure it won't be my last build.

09-08-2010, 23:18:23

SilverSS/SC
How do I post photos here?

10-08-2010, 08:12:15

hmmblah
You use the
Code:
[img][/img]
tags.

You might need to have 15 posts first.

10-08-2010, 08:13:28

AMDFTW
to post pics you need your post count up.

aslong as you put something under the triple rad then its ok,use the swiftech rad mount (i forget what its called)

and the cooler will fit it will look massive lol even bigger than it actualy is.

i cant wait to see what temps you get with the cooler

10-08-2010, 09:02:37

AlienALX
You can always use something like Photobucket.

10-08-2010, 21:48:57

SilverSS/SC


to post pics you need your post count up.

aslong as you put something under the triple rad then its ok,use the swiftech rad mount (i forget what its called)

and the cooler will fit it will look massive lol even bigger than it actualy is.

i cant wait to see what temps you get with the cooler




Yeah, that was the plan. I am going to use the Swiftech Rad box mount to mount the 360 rad off the back of my case.

I can't wait to see my temps from the Noctua either. Should be interesting.

11-08-2010, 23:17:03

SilverSS/SC
Would adding upgraded thermal paste to the north/south bridges on the motherboard, and gpu be worth it? or would it void my warranty?
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