First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

Summary: Netbooks have been shoved aside by tablets, but Intel is carrying on with its forthcoming Cedar Trail platform and new Atom processors, even if their launch has been delayed by graphics driver issues. The company can at least be encouraged by the first benchmarks for the new platform, which have just been revealed by VR-Zone.

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Netbooks have been shoved aside by tablets, but Intel is carrying on with its forthcoming Cedar Trail platform and new Atom processors, even if their launch has been delayed by graphics driver issues. The company can at least be encouraged by the first benchmarks for the new platform, which have just been revealed by VR-Zone.

The slide above shows the comparison between the new Atom N2600 and N2800 CPUs and Intel's previous generations of Atoms (though, curiously, not AMD's low-power processors). While it relies on an old benchmark in 3DMark 06, you can see that both new chips are superior to their predecessors in graphics, though the N2800 is by far the more impressive. While that's encouraging, the graphics drivers issue should temper any enthusiasm about these results.

CPU-based benchmarks show the N2800 to still be superior, though by a lesser margin. Oddly, though, the N2600 does not appear to best the already-available N570, so Intel may emphasize its low-power attributes rather than its performance. VR-Zone speculates that the chip giant may do that for the Cedar Trail platform in general, since it may not be able to compete with AMD Bobcat APUs on performance. We'd need another slide with side-by-side comparisons with the Bobcat chips to know that for sure.

It's unclear how much of a future Cedar Trail and netbooks will have regardless of benchmarks, considering the rise of tablets and the overall slimming of laptops. But if you're still a netbook believer, you'll be comforted to know the N2800 can handle graphics much better the Atoms of old -- as long as Intel gets those driver issues resolved.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Intel

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  • RE: First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

    What should have been a very interesting article is rendered useless since the graph is unreadable. When I click on the image it does not enlarge as it should. If I use browser controls to enlarge it, it becomes unreadable.
    Dave W
    gingoro
    • RE: First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

      @gingoro You can see the full-res. version of the graph at VR-Zone.

      Here's the link to the image: http://assets.vr-zone.net/13413/CedarTrail_benchmarks.jpg
      LP212
  • Netbooks are still with us

    While I keep reading reports like this one that suggest that netbooks have been superceded by tablets, my own experience does not support this claim. We did buy two iPads for testing, but found them to be unsuited to our work, which is heavy on Word, Excel, and our vertical market apps running on mid-range systems. On the other hand, we have provided a number of netbooks to our staff, and the feedback has been excellent. While not quite as small as a tablet, the advantage of having a keyboard and the same software as our user's desktops has been more than worth the difference. We also get all day battery life, something that traditional notebooks do not offer.

    I will admit that I was none too thrilled with the first netbooks we purchased, which ran XP. All of our newer machines are running Windows 7 Pro, and run it so well that we ended up wiping the older machines and installing 7 on them as well.
    itpro_z
    • RE: First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

      @itpro_z

      the problem was not that you were using tablets vs. netbooks, it was that you chose to use Apple's under-powered iPad. Try using something with better specifications.
      aiellenon
      • Not entirely true

        @aiellenon, tablets are fine devices for simple internet use and email, but poorly designed for more traditional business use. Try working with a complex Excel spreadsheet on a tablet, or running a text based terminal emulator on a tablet and you will see what I mean. Tablets and netbooks are about the same price, but the netbook's keyboard and pointing device are better designed for the type of work we do. A notebook computer also works, but at far greater weight and reduced battery life.
        itpro_z
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    JackLuna
  • RE: First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

    "Netbooks have been shoved aside by tablets"

    I think the jury's still out. I dunno if either will last a long time.

    Not to mention there's nothing preventing these from going into tablets. Why says they have to go into netbooks?

    "you can see that both new chips are superior to their predecessors in graphics"

    I think there's some misleading going on here. 99% of graphics are GPU, the CPU is barely involved.
    CobraA1
    • RE: First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

      @CobraA1 - Erm ... these processors included integrated graphics processing units (GPU), hence the significant increase in performance of the newer processors vs. the older.
      bitcrazed
  • Sounds like Neither AMD or Intel have it right

    So we have Intel with a decent CPU and bad graphics and AMD with good graphics and a so so CPU. Sounds like the Netbooks are still doomed. You can buy a decent Notebook for what the AMD E series has. In fact AMD has a good duel core low power series in Notebooks that is pretty good. I am just not sold on Netbooks except for maybe a kids starter computer.
    jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
    • Disagree

      @jscott418, yes, you can buy a decent notebook for what a netbook costs, but with trade offs. Most notebooks struggle to get 3 hours on batteries when actually doing work, while netbooks run all day. My users put their netbooks in their briefcases, while a notebook requires a separate bag to carry the machine. We have a lot of high end notebooks that never leave their desks because it is just too much to carry around, while we have netbooks that go everywhere with their users.

      As for the graphics, my users are not playing games. Intel's graphics are more than sufficient for business use.
      itpro_z
      • RE: First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

        @itpro_z

        Furthermore... You cannot rule out ARM processors that will be running Windows 8 in the near future as well. nVidia is a great example of ARM CPU + nVidia GPU with superior battery life.

        Also my Asus 1215N with 4GB DDR3 and nVidia ION 2nd Gen graphics can play SC2 and the screen is gorgeous. It still gets me 6+ hours battery life.

        In the end I have nVidia Optimus so it is a hybrid but does rather well... I'm sure if I ran up against this graphics test my netbook would likely fair better. I can already see the dual core cedar trail is about the same as the pine. Mine at 1.8Ghz dual core with HT will likely spank those processors as well with dedicated video with 512MB of vram will also fare better. So much for this "SUPERIOR" CPU as it seems all about the same... The only benefit is likely better battery life, a big plus.
        audidiablo
    • RE: First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

      @jscott418 - now imagine a netbook with a detachable screen - you essentially now have a tablet for all your consumption needs and a laptop for your creative needs.

      Kinda like the successor to the <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/asus-eee-pad-transformer-sequel-running-windows-8-tipped-for-2012-13158988/">ASUS Eee Pad Transformer</a> which ASUS will be launching next year.
      bitcrazed
  • RE: First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed

    jl;kj
    MisterSavage