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Next-gen Atom benchmarks show big boost for GPU

Not much change to the CPU's abilities, mind

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Netbooks based on Intel's upcoming 'Cedar Trail' Atom CPUs - the N2600 and N2800 - may not show a big processing performance leap over their predecessors, but they will sport smart graphics core.

So say benchmark tests carried out on the new Atoms for VRZone by erstwhile Reg Hardware Reviews Ed Lars-Goran Nilsson.

3DMark 06 data shows the 1.83GHz N2800 outperforming a 1.66GHz N455 and a 1.66GHz N570 by three to one. The 1.60GHz N2600 is almost twice as powerful, graphically speaking, as the N455 and N570.

CPU tests in both 3DMark 06 and PCMark05 show the new chips' number crunching abilities are only marginally better than those of older Atoms.

The N2600 and N570 are pretty much equal, give or take, both ahead of the N455. The N2800 is slightly faster, but not so much as its 14 per cent higher clock speed might suggest.

Battery life is likely to match that of current N570-based netbooks.

Intel hasn't formally launched the new Atoms, which were thought to debut in September though may have been delayed. The N2600 and N2800 are not now expected to arrive until later in the year. ®

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