People have been overclocking the Intel Atom processor used in netbooks ever since it was first released last summer, with some people reporting clock speeds of higher than 2GHz. But Asus has always gone one step further – by offering Eee PC users a handy utility called the Super Hybrid Engine that lets you overclock or underclock the CPU with the click of a button.
The ubiquitous 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU runs at three speeds on most Eee PC models: 1.2GHz (Power Saving), (High Performance) 1.6GHz, or 1.7GHz (Super High Performance). Asus includes the same Super Hybrid Engine with the Asus Eee PC 1000HE. But this netbook comes with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor.
I just fired up CPU-Z to see what the clock speeds are with the newer chip. Here are the results:
- Power Saving Mode – 1.25GHz
- High Performance Mode – 1.66GHz
- Super High Performance Mode – 1.75GHz
I’m sure you could get even better ressults if you used a third party overclocking utility like EeeCtl. But I’m not going to give it a try on my demo unit just yet. If you feel like experimenting with your netbook, let us know how it goes in the comments.