Intel releases first dual-core Atom for netbooks, the N550

By Jos ยท 5 replies
Aug 23, 2010
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  1. Intel's first dual-core Atom processor for netbooks, the N550, is about to hit store shelves inside a number of netbooks. The new chip brings a much needed breath of fresh air to a market that has seen impressive growth over the last couple of years but not much action on the hardware specs front. Though the N550 clocks in lower than most Atom chips, at 1.5GHZ, Intel says the extra core plus twice the cache (1MB) should make up for a more "responsive" experience.

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  2. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    I own a Dell laptop with a 1.73ghz Core Duo (I think the codename is Yonah), and sometimes I feel it lacks the power to run trivial stuff like Office documents along with a music player and Google Chrome... now, I don't think I could stand an Intel Atom which must be slower, no matter if they come now in dual core style... positively thinking, its a step forward...
  3. I would much prefer a "Quad Sempron" :)
  4. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +31

    the old N280 (1.66) was no better than 2004 Pentium M 735 (1.70) although it definitely use lesser power.
  5. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    I don't get it, why does my netbook have 2 threads in the task manager?
  6. Because the Atom is a hyper threaded chip and the N550 has two of the same sort of core so it has 4 threads.

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