If you’re looking for a deal on a Netbook it’s clear that you’ve got a few options in terms of CPUs. Intel’s latest offering is the Intel Atom N2600, Netbook Live has decided to take a close look at how it stacks up against the last generation of Netbook CPUs the N570 and AMD C50.
To tell you a little bit more about the processor, the N2600 is Intel’s latest low-power CPU, code name Cedar Trail and it’s built on a 32nm lithography and offers Intel’s HD3600 integrated graphics running at 400MHz and is direct X10.1 compatible with support of 2GB of DDR3 RAM.
We’ve got some benchmarks for you below, but what you’re going to see in terms everyday usage is that all units can handle 720p YouTube video playback without too much difficulty. All of them will struggle if the unit is multitasking during HD YouTube video playback, the N570 much more than the others.
They can also all handle native 1080p video playback, the N570 will stutter depending on the file format type, MKVs won’t be watchable, but if you have a low bit rate mp4 and VLC player you’ll be able to get by.
The N2600 pulls ahead of the other two in terms of silence and heat since it is a fanless CPU.
If we compare it to the N570, the N2600 is pretty much on par in terms of raw CPU computing, but there is no question that the Cedar Trail processor has pulled way ahead of the previous generation when it comes to graphics. When you compare it to the AMD C50 you get a mixed bag of results: a lower score on the PCMark Vantage, higher on the Cinebench 11.5 CPU test as well as on Crytalmark. If you’re wondering what the actual difference is between the C50 and N2600 it comes down to gaming. Units sporting an AMD CPU will be able to handle light gaming, you’ll be able to load games like Counter Strike and play them with the settings turned down and you shouldn’t experience any regular system crashes. From my personal experience it may happen on occasion but it will not occur in such a frequency as to deter you from light gaming on the go.
Here are some of the benchmarks so you can check it out for yourself: