Intel Atom N450 Processor review
The intel Atom N450 is an entry level processor that has powered many of the netbooks and small notebooks recently.The Intel atom N450 processor has an operating frequency of 1.66 GHz and has only one core. The Atom N450 has integrated DDR3 memory controller, which leads to faster memory transfer. The integrated memory controller based architecture also leads to simplified motherboard design. In earlier architectures, there used to be two chipsets – the processor used to communicate to a north bridge. The memory was connected to the North Bridge. The other parts of the notebooks including USB, SATA and display used to connect through another chip called south bridge. The south bridge used to connect to the north bridge. The simplified platform architecture leads to low cost and low power netbook designs,
The intel atom N450 has two more features worth mentioning – the first is the Integrated graphics using GMA3150 and the second is the Hyperthreading. The integrated graphics is not a high end graphics for gaming – it was not intended for that purpose. However, the integrated graphics does simplify the motherboard design and keeps the system cost and power consumption low while giving out decent graphics output.
The TDP rating of the Intel Atom N450 processor is 6.5 Watts which is decent in the design of the high battery life notebooks. Manufactured with 45 nm technology, the Atom N450 processor fits in FCBGA559 socket.
Some benchmarking results are available for the Intel Atom N450 processor. The 2M Super Pi benchmarking takes 220 seconds with the Intel Atom N450. The windows 7 Experience index rates it at average score of 2.
Some of the examples of the netbooks that use intel atom N450 processor – include Dell Inspiron Mini 1018, Asus EEE-PC-1015P , Asus EEE-PC-1016P, Toshiba NB255-N245 , Asus Eee PC 1001P-MU17-BK among others.