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    News - Intel ushers in second-gen Intel Atom processor

    The ubiquitous netbook gets an upgrade with a "Pineview" chip that features a CPU, a GPU and a memory controller on a single die.
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    Re: News - Intel ushers in second-gen Intel Atom processor

    I have to admit to being very disappointed by this, the ION is an example of a the chipset Intel should have provided, there new one is better but still not as good. Rather than getting a CPU performance improvement, the next generation is going to have a useless graphics card wasting transistor space if you replace it with something better. From a business point of view its great as now anyone wanting a ION must still buy an intel graphics solution. Perhaps Intel could just buy Nvida so we have the best of both worlds.

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    Re: News - Intel ushers in second-gen Intel Atom processor

    Agreeing with Oolon, but also can't help feeling this dogged insistance on single core CPUs for netbooks into 2010 is very blinkered. If netbooks are being sold with a windows-based OS, and the usual pile of shovelware that goes with it, the 2nd core becomes practically essential for smooth running, and hyperthreading really doesn't make up for it. It reminds me of when Intel were blindly sticking with Pentium4 architecture when the Pentium-M lineup (which ultimately became Core/Core2) was preferable in most respects.

    Maybe 2011 will be my netbook year...

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    Re: News - Intel ushers in second-gen Intel Atom processor

    Quote Originally Posted by Irien View Post
    Agreeing with Oolon, but also can't help feeling this dogged insistance on single core CPUs for netbooks into 2010 is very blinkered. If netbooks are being sold with a windows-based OS, and the usual pile of shovelware that goes with it, the 2nd core becomes practically essential for smooth running, and hyperthreading really doesn't make up for it. It reminds me of when Intel were blindly sticking with Pentium4 architecture when the Pentium-M lineup (which ultimately became Core/Core2) was preferable in most respects.

    Maybe 2011 will be my netbook year...
    Even my Ubuntu netbook struggles and there's no crapware on it. Trouble is, you're not inclined to multitask very heavily on a netbook. And if you are, the background tasks are going to be gobbling RAM, not CPU - and we've got plenty of RAM in machines now.

    So a pair of decoder units don't really seem to be needed to keep the CPU's execution units busy, because at 1.6GHz my netbook seems to have its hands full dealing with one thread.
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    Re: News - Intel ushers in second-gen Intel Atom processor

    Actually, I don't care about 1080p on a netbook at all, it's not as if you'll have a bluray drive in your netbook (or the HDD space for a bunch of bluray dumps). I do care about oodles of battery life. IMHO Intel has satisfied what 80% of the people want to do with a netbook 80% of the time. Which would be untethered internet access and general light application usage. I'm just thankful that the i945 is *finally* dead!

    ION is great in a nettop or some such device. But a rather pointless waste of energy in a netbook.
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    Re: News - Intel ushers in second-gen Intel Atom processor

    if they've improved battery life on netbooks then that's a great success.
    i use my netbook at school almost every single day and i can't say i've ever struggled with performance (Office 07 and now Office 10, Google Chrome, Spotify) so i can't understand why everyone wants more performance. what exactly do you want to do with it?

    and the fact that it can run the iPlayer on my 1080p TV through the HDMI port is good enough for me .

    (i have a Dell Mini 10 btw)

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    Re: News - Intel ushers in second-gen Intel Atom processor

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Even my Ubuntu netbook struggles and there's no crapware on it. Trouble is, you're not inclined to multitask very heavily on a netbook. And if you are, the background tasks are going to be gobbling RAM, not CPU - and we've got plenty of RAM in machines now.

    So a pair of decoder units don't really seem to be needed to keep the CPU's execution units busy, because at 1.6GHz my netbook seems to have its hands full dealing with one thread.
    I'd generally agree, i'd prefer a bit of a speed hike and/or dual core for my current netbook rather than 1080p decoding chips. That said, (like a broken record) Ubuntu 9.10 NBR interface does behave quite well with an Atom 270 and 945 chipset.
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    Re: News - Intel ushers in second-gen Intel Atom processor

    Speedier video decoding, 1080 or not, would be useful to me as my netbook really does struggle with some H.264 content, even at low resolutions.

    But battery life will always come first for me.
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