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Intel's Atom CPU Inside New Averatec's All-in-One PC

By - Source: Tom's Hardware | B 7 comments

Intel’s Atom processor has shown up in a fair number of portable devices, thanks to its small size and very low power consumption, but Trigem USA has tapped the tiny processor for its Averatec All-in-One desktop machine.

The Averatec All-in-One is a one-piece computer in which the system unit and an 18.4-inch wide-screen display (with native resolution of 1680x945) are integrated into a single device. As such, it’s very similar to HP’s TouchSmart, Dell’s XPS One, Gateway’s Gateway One, and of course Apple’s iMac. But with a list price of just $549.99, the Averatec is considerably less expensive than those rigs. It’s also less powerful.

Trigem selected Intel’s single-core Atom N270 CPU, which runs at 1.6GHz and has a 533MHz front-side bus, and paired it with Intel’s 945GMS Express chipset (with integrated graphics in the form of the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950) and Intel’s ICH7M I/O controller hub. The system comes with 1GB of DDR2 memory and can be expanded to 2GB (although upgraders will have to toss the existing 1GB DIMM, because the motherboard has only one DIMM slot).

The Averatec has built-in wired and wireless networking, but the former is limited to 10/100 Mb/sec speeds and the latter is limited to 802.11b/g. A smallish 160GB SATA hard drive, spinning at 5,400 RPM, is provided for storage. A 1.3-megapixel webcam is built into the display’s bezel, and there’s a four-in-one (Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, and Secure Digital) media reader integrated into the chassis.

Considering the price, we’re not surprised that the Averatec All-in-One lacks a TV tuner, Bluetooth, or a wireless mouse and keyboard (wired models of both are included). But we do find it interesting that Trigem is selling the Averatec All-in-One not with Vista installed, but with Windows XP Home. Hmm, that wouldn’t be because Vista is such a resource pig, would it?

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    Pei-chen , October 14, 2008 11:06 AM
    So underpowered even now this PC's useful life is about 2 years then landfill we go.
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    chaohsiangchen , October 14, 2008 3:16 PM
    Pei-chenSo underpowered even now this PC's useful life is about 2 years then landfill we go.

    I don't agree with that. This thing is good for library, enterprise terminal or public internet access. If done right, this thing can last quite long time. For less than $600 and comes with 18.4" screen, it's not a bad deal. Now just throw away the troublesome Windows and run Ubuntu on it, since we all know it can't run Crysis. Why even pay M$ a license after all?
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    Pei-chen , October 15, 2008 1:18 PM

    For none home use yes but most sales still comes from the private sector.
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    Anonymous , October 15, 2008 4:09 PM
    XP & office,mails and internet works fine on this thing!
    However,I'd go with the Asus EEEBOX, since it offers more for only $300.
    Add a $180 19" TFT screen, and there you go!
    More for less!
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    Pixels303 , October 16, 2008 7:00 AM
    I love the comment about Vista. HOG indeed.
    I had a laugh
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2008 11:11 PM
    My current system is very similar. XP pro on 1600mhz athalon processor, asus board with similar bus speed and 2GB ram. Everything but Crysis runs great. I edit my church's videos and audio on it, all the obvious stuff like MSoffice, open office, google earth, audacity, corel 11 paint. In fact it boots faster and works better then my brother-in-laws dual core DELL with vista home premium in most cases, especially with networking. So this machine looks like a winner to me.
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    Pei-chen , November 5, 2011 9:21 PM
    ^ What are you talking about "image quality"?

    BTW, I am replying to something I said 3 years ago. Nice.