Computer makers have been showing off netbooks with Intel Atom N570 chips for the past few months, but Intel has finally gotten around to officially introducing the new chip. As expected, it’s a slight variation on the Atom N550 dual core chip offering slightly higher clock speeds without any major change in power consumption.

Th Atom N570 is a 1.66 GHz dual core chip with 1MB of L2 cache and a TDB of 8.5W. It supports DDR3 667 memory. The Atom N550, by comparison, has a TDP of 8.5W, 1MB of L2 cache and a clock speed of 1.5 GHz.

Intel says Asus, Lenovo, and Samsung will all begin shipping computers using the new chip this month.

You can find more information on the chip at Intel’s product site.

Update: There was a typo on Intel’s site suggesting that the N570 chip wouldn’t support hyperthreading, but it turns out that it does… just like the Atom N550.

via Netbook News

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13 replies on “Intel officially launches the Atom N570 dual core chip”

  1. Hi guyz, im noob when it comes to processors. Which is better the n570 or the n455?

  2. Brad ~
    In the bigger picture of things, how does this stack up against Fusion? I’m looking at possibly getting a 10-11.6″ machine and really, the market seems to be heavily favoring AMD right now. Any suggestions?

    1. I need to get my hands on more test systems, but honestly? An AMD E-350 chip will probably blow the Atom N570 out of the water… but it will have a higher TDP of 18W.

      The AMD C-50 on the other hand, will likely offer similar, or possibly lower general performance than an Atom N550/N570 chip while offering much better graphics performance.

      If you’re looking for an Atom-based system that can compete with the AMD C-50, you may be best off looking for something with a dual core Atom chip *and* NVIDIA ION graphics.

      1. So what’s funny about that is I’ve got a 1201N system of which I’m ditching because I hate the battery life of it. The 1215N is a *little* better because of optimus but the motherboard is completely gimped with the single channel memory and gimped PCI-E lanes. The tough thing for me is I do a lot of international travel and battery life (to me) is greater than performance now. The Acer or Asus machines with Fusion are seemingly looking like a better option or possibly the iPad 2 depending on the specs.

        1. If battery life is the most important thing, you might want to look at a machine with an Atom N455 CPU. It’s not as fast, but some of those netbooks get 8 or more hours of run time.

          1. You maybe want to wait for the new 5 watt C-50 designed for tablets to be released, in theory they should be able to provide you with at least 8 hours of battery life as well.

          2. @Ruuboek, I’ll have to wait and see. The iPad 2 might suit my needs, but wouldn’t mind looking at another notebook as well.

  3. You can HT all you want, the future is fusion…AMD has the right processor for once either the C-50 or the E-350. The other 2 are dogs given that they are single core.

  4. I’m going to suppose the 2 thread thing is an error. I’m not an expert in CPU technology by any measure, but I do know that hyperthreading would provide an enormous benefit over a slightly higher clock speed in what is probably otherwise identical components.

  5. The blurb on the Intel site (which you have linked to in your first paragraph) indicates that the new chip will have 4 threads. You may want to confirm it and update your N550/N570 comparison table.

    1. The comparison table comes from Intel.com. But you’re right, the press release says 4 threads. I’ll check with my contacts at Intel to see if I can get to the bottom of this.

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