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Old 11-12-2008, 06:31 AM   #1
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my current laptop has a centrino 1.6ghz. i'm thinking of getting one of those lenovo's with an atom 1.6. how would it compare performance wise?
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:27 AM   #2
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Firstly, "Centrino" is not a CPU, it's simply a an Intel-based mobile Platform, or a set of specs. It's like a marketing scheme... Centrino-branded laptops simply have Intel-CPUs and all kinds of Intel-certified hardware.

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I believe Centrino laptops have a Core2 CPU, probably a dual-core, whereas Atoms are based on a less powerful architecture and are single-core... Centrino wins performance-wise.
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It depends what branding of Centrino it is. I recommend you download CPU-Z and tell us specifically what CPU you have. There has been many Centrino brand CPUs.
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As long as it's a Pentium M or better, it'll be faster than Intel Atom processors. Atom CPUs are VERY slow for their speed.
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My acer aspire one has an intel atom at 1.6ghz, and I think it runs just fine. The atom also has hyperthreading by the way.
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I heard teh Atom was quite good,have you considred the Centrino2?

http://www.intel.com/products/centrino/
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I heard teh Atom was quite good,have you considred the Centrino2?

http://www.intel.com/products/centrino/
Atoms are good for low powered computing, but unless we're talking tiny netbooks here, I would say going with a core 2 duo would be better, even if it's a LV or ULV one.
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sorry guys mine is a pentium M. My current laptop is big I think a 16.5" screen, I want somthing I can use comfortably on a plane or in a car. my laptop was $1200 new. I was just wondering, since my laptop is about 4 years old, and only has 512mb ram, if a newer one thats around $400 with 1g ram would be comparable or possibly better. I am happy with the speed I have now. I just hate the short battery life, I am hoping a tiny screen would alleviate the battery issues.
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My netbook gets 7 hours of battery with the 6 cell battery it has. It was $400 by the way.
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Are you kiddiing??? I am lucky to get 2 hours.... i gotta pick one of those up
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