When we looked at AMD’s Kabini platform, AMD in its press materials pitted their high end APU against the Pentium J2900 in terms of price and performance. The only issue from the reviewer’s standpoint was the availability of the Pentium J2900 in a retail product. At the time, the J2900 was found only in OEM devices, or a single system was found through Google Shopping. Fast forward a few months and we are now seeing a small wave of J2900 motherboards coming to market for custom home builds. ASRock look poised to release the Q2900-ITX and Q2900M to meet that demand. As both motherboards are using the quad core J2900 at 2.40 GHz (2.66 GHz turbo) and 10W, both are supplied with large fanless heatsinks...

Nettop and Mini-ITX Buyer’s Guide

Most of our Buyer's Guides focus on full desktop builds, but what about something a little smaller? Perhaps you're looking for an inexpensive yet sufficiently powerful system to function...

101 by Zach Throckmorton on 4/22/2011

Intel Plans on Bringing Atom to Servers in 2012, 20W SNB Xeons in 2011

The transition to smaller form factors hasn't been exclusively a client trend over the past several years, we've seen a similar move in servers. The motiviation is very different...

54 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/15/2011

Intel @ MWC 2011: Atom-Based Medfield SoC Now Sampling, Low-Power LTE Modems In 2012

Though we still like to think of Intel first and foremost as a computer CPU company, the fact of the matter is the company is trying its hardest to...

21 by Ryan Smith on 2/14/2011

AMD’s Brazos vs. Atom Thermals, Revisited

Last week we met with AMD at CES to see some of their latest and greatest offerings. We already reported on the meetings in our earlier article, but in...

154 by Jarred Walton on 1/14/2011

HP Mini 5103: Looking at the Dual-Core Atom N550

Netbooks are all so similar in terms of performance that it’s difficult to get excited about reviewing “yet another netbook”. Aesthetics and build quality may change, but outside of...

59 by Jarred Walton on 12/17/2010

Anand's Thoughts on Google's Chrome OS

Fifteen years ago if you wanted to write an application that would run on over 90% of the world’s personal computers, you only needed to target one OS. Today...

109 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/8/2010

ASUS EeePC 1215N: Bringing NG-ION to the 1201

When we first looked at the ASUS Eee PC 1201N last year, we thought it was a unique take on the netbook idea, and possibly one of the first...

41 by Vivek Gowri on 11/25/2010

Zotac ZBOX Blu-Ray HD-ID34 Review

Zotac has become quite popular in recent times for their entry level products in the mini-ITX motherboard, Atom / ION nettop and nVidia GPU space. Their mini-PC lineup started...

40 by Alan Lueke on 10/19/2010

HP Mini 5102: This Netbook Means Business

We’ve seen more than our fair share of Pine Trail netbooks since their launch late last year. Performance has never been spectacular, but battery life and portability have been...

24 by Jarred Walton on 9/22/2010

Intel announces Tunnel Creek - Atom E600 System on Chip

At the end of this morning's keynote at IDF 2010 intel announced the Atom Processor E600 series. It's a Moorestown-like SoC designed for embedded applications. It's pretty obvious what the...

26 by Brian Klug on 9/14/2010

Dell Shows off 10" Inspiron Duo Convertible Netbook/Tablet

Dell just demonstrated its upcoming 10-inch Inspiron Duo convertible netbook/tablet. Based on the dual core Atom N550 the Inspiron Duo runs Windows 7 Premium. The system can work as...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2010

First Public Demo of Oaktrail and Windows Gaming Tablet

Earlier this year Intel unveiled its Moorestown architecture, branded as the Atom Z600 series for smartphones and handhelds. Moorestown focused on a significant reduction in idle and active power...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2010

Intel Announces CE4200 SoC for Smart TVs

Intel just announced its CE4200 (Groveland) SoC, the successor to the CE4100 used in devices like the Boxee box. The CE4200 is based on Intel's 45nm Atom architecture and features...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2010

Intel Atom N550 Notebooks

Intel has launched their first dual-core Atom processor designed purely for netbooks, the N550. The new CPU has led to the netbook manufacturers scrambling to update their products to...

23 by Balraj Sandhu on 8/30/2010

Samsung's N210: Where the Matte Finish Went

Pine Trail netbooks are pretty much all the same: they give you a 10.1" 1024x600 display and pitifully slow CPU and GPU performance, but that's balanaced by good battery...

24 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/28/2010

Intel Unveils Moorestown and the Atom Z600, The Fastest Smartphone Platform?

When I wrote my first article on Intel's Atom architecture I called it The Journey Begins. I did so because while Atom has made a nice home in netbooks...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/4/2010

Gateway and Acer Netbooks: Wonder Twin Powers, Activate!

You're not seeing double: what we have for review today are the Acer and Gateway netbook "twins". At their core, these are virtually identical 10.1" Pine Trail netbooks, with...

17 by Vivek Gowri on 4/28/2010

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