Fastest ARM chips are comparable to Intel’s slowest Atom chips

Over the past few years ARM-based processors have been getting more and more powerful, while chip makers have been working to make x86 chips more power efficient. So it should come as no surprise that we’ll soon see smartphones and tablets with Intel chips. But we may also see laptop and desktop computers with ARM […]

Overclocked HP Mini 2140 runs at up to 1.9GHz

hp mini 2140 overclocked

The Intel Atom N270 processor is designed to run at a handful of clock speeds. But it generally tops out at somewhere around 1.6GHz or 1.7GHz. And you need to have the proper hardware and software in place to overclock it. Unfortunately, HP has discouraged users from overclocking the HP Mini 2140 by locking the […]

Is Intel phasing out the Atom N280/GN40 chipset?


Intel could begin phasing out the Atom N280 chip and GN40 graphics chipset. Digitimes reports the move is  due to low demand. The Intel Atom N280 CPU runs at 1.66GHz, which is only moderately faster than the 1.6GHz clock speed of the older Atom N270 CPU. The N280 also has faster bus speed and the GN40 […]

Intel Atom N270, N280 chips compared, benchmarked


The Intel Atom N280 CPU is showing up in more and more netbooks. The Asus Eee PC 1000HE, Acer Aspire One D150, and upcoming MSI Wind U123 all use the latest generation version of the Intel Atom CPU. It’s a little bit faster than the N270 that has been on the market for about a year. […]

Intel could raise the price of Intel Atom processors

The Intel Atom N270 CPU has become pretty popular since it launched in mid-2008. Nearly every major computer manufacturer has put out a netbook powered by this 1.6GHz chip in the last half year or so. And it looks like an increase in the number of white-box computer makers in China placing orders could lead […]

Today’s netbooks run OS X about as well as a 4 year old iBook g4


People have been loading OS X on netbooks without Apple’s consent for a while now, and it turns out the operating system runs surprisingly well on many Intel Atom-powered mini-laptops. Sure, an MSI Wind U100 isn’t going to be able to outperform a MacBook Pro with a dual core CPU, but it turns out the […]

How to overclock an MSI Wind to 2.3GHz the hard way

Overclocking the MSI Wind U100 - with liquid nitrogen

The Intel Atom N270 CPU is pretty easy to overclock and underclock. So while the chip is described as a 1.6GHz CPU, it’s pretty simple to get it to run at speeds between 800MHz and 1.9GHz. In fact, Asus, MSI, and other netbook makers even include handy software utilities that will let you increase or […]

PC Corner promises dual core CPU upgrades for netbooks

MSI Wind Intel Atom 330 upgrade

The other day a Microsoft employee giving a presentation at WinHEC accidentally suggested that the Asus Eee PC S101 has a dual core Intel Atom processor. But the truth of the matter is that while Intel has developed a dual core version of the Atom chip, it’s meant for desktops or larger laptops. Not netbooks. […]