Intel's New Atom N550 Netbook Processor

Intel's new Atom N550 processor offers improved multitasking and multimedia performance.
By , Last updated on: 12/3/2014

The Intel Atom N450 processor, which was released earlier this year, was something of a disappointment. While it delivered on its promise of smaller, sleeker devices with improved battery life, the processor's performance was simply average (at best), barely an improvement over its predecessor.

Enter the new Intel Atom N550. This new processor significantly improves netbook performance and responsiveness. In fact, early benchmark tests indicate that the N550 may actually be up to twice as fast as the N450. The difference? The N550 is a dual-core processor, which means it can actually handle twice as many simultaneous operations as the single-core N450.

If the sluggish performance of previous netbooks kept you away in the past, now is a great time to give them a second look. Users can expect netbooks featuring the N550 chip to offer significantly improved application and graphics performance. While netbooks powered by Intel's Atom N550 processor still aren't going to be powerful enough to run demanding games or software, they can handle 720p video without a hitch, including high-resolution YouTube and Hulu videos.

The Intel Atom N550 processor is currently being supported by an array of computer manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, and Toshiba. In fact, netbooks featuring the new N550 processor should hit the internet sometime in the next week, so if you're interested in learning more, keep an eye on, and we'll let you know as soon as netbooks featuring this exciting new processor become available.


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