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Expect to see Atom-based netbooks speed up a little in the latter half of the year when Intel releases upgraded Atom CPUs able to talk to faster memory than the current lot can manage. Today's top-of-the-line netbook Atom, the 1.66GHz N450, connects to DDR 2 Ram through its built-in memory controller. Later this year, Intel will …

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Boy racer laptop?

Sticking on loud exhuast, bucket seats spoilers and tinted windows on a shit 1 litre Cosa.

it will have a new super fat addon, but the engine is still shit.

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Be great for...

all those large scale BLAS calculations that people run on their netbooks whilst checking email.

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Does this mean

That the Reg will stop giving insane high scores in hardware tests to the same atom based units over and over again? Usually units that have a rising cost, and a spec that never changes and with only very few moderate improvements?

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Paris Hilton

Memory is only half the problem

The other bit is the I/O chipset. Unless they sort that out making the memory access faster is not going to make that much difference.

Paris because she can't get it out fast enough (I/O that is)

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What about the price?

The speed may increase, but what about the price? Ever since Microsoft went into bed with netbooks, the price jumped up. I remember people talking about £100 netbooks, but when I look for netbooks, they are all about £300 or more!

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