Intel Atom N450 vs N550 Comparison and Review

: is a single core processor with a of 1.66 GHz, 512 KB , number of threads 2, 64 – bit instruction set and instruction set extensions like SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, bus/core ratio 10, 45 nm of Lithography, 5.5 W of max TDP  (Thermal Design Power/ Thermal Design Point – TDP – it is the maximum amount of power required by the cooling system to dissipate), 0.800 V – 1.175 V of VID voltage range, 2 GB max memory size, DDR2 – 667 memory type, one memory channel.

The other technologies of the processor include Embedded options, Integrated Graphics, Hyper Threading Technology, 64, Enhanced SpeedStep Technology (technology which allows the processor to meet its required performance for its operation during minimal power draw and heat dissipation), Thermal Monitoring Technologies, Execute Disable Bit.

: is a dual core processor with speed of 1.5 GHz, 1 MB Cache, number of threads 4, 2.5 GT/s of DMI, 64 – bit instruction set and instruction set extensions like SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, 45 nm of Lithography, 8.5 W of max TDP, max memory size of 2 GB, DDR3 memory type, one memory channel.

The other features of the processor include Integrated Graphics, 200 MHz of Graphics Base Frequency, Intel Hyper Threading Technology, Intel 64, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology, Thermal Monitoring Technologies, Execute Disable bit

The N550 is the newest member of Intel’s low power and high mobility devices, the N550 also increases the battery life by being more optimal in power usage. With the price difference not much and the newer Models of ASUS and ACER priced around $50- $75 above the models based on . It is worth spending the extra few bucks for buying a with Atom N550.

On the Price vs Performance scale Intel Atom N550 beats the Atom N450 handsdown,

With a dual core processor in its , the Atom is catching up with the , for instance the Atom N550 fares better than many of the available on the 11.6 inch laptops. Making it one more reason to go with Netbooks.

Below is the CPU benchmarks for some of the popular Processors and low end mobile processors

Intel Atom N550 @ 1.50GHz 559
Intel Atom Z550 @ 2.00GHz – 386
Intel Atom N470 @ 1.83GHz 355
Intel Atom D410 @ 1.66GHz 346
Intel Atom Z540 @ 1.86GHz 341
@ 1.83GHz 337
Intel Atom D425 @ 1.80GHz 327
Intel Atom N450 @ 1.66GHz 319
Intel Atom 230 @ 1.60GHz 315
Intel Atom N280 @ 1.66GHz 314
@ 1.66GHz 309
Intel Atom N270 @ 1.60GHz 304
Intel Atom Z530 @ 1.60GHz 299

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