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Asus Announces AMD Geode-based Eee PC

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Asus reveals that the 12-inch 1201K boasts AMD under the hood.

The EeePC is the netbook that started it all. Earliest models boasted an underclocked Intel Celeron M CPU, which eventually gave way to the Atom that seems to rule all ultra portable computers these days. But with ARM and AMD releasing competitive products, the Atom is no longer alone in the market and even Asus is branching out.

Engadget reports that the recently announced Asus EeePC 1201K will pack AMD's Geode NX 1750 processor along with a SiS 741GX/966L chipset. Other than the AMD's brains, everything else is pretty bog-standard for a netbook; with 1GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a .3-megapixel webcam, a built-in memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth2.1 + EDR, 2xUSB, VGA, a 12.1-inch display and Windows XP Home, there's nothing surprising here. Still, it's always nice to see a company other than Intel getting a look-in when it comes to the Eee line.

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    someguynamedmatt , June 14, 2010 10:44 PM
    Ah, the Geode... long time since I've heard that... well, as long as it beats the Atom, which it does, then I'm happy. I'm always glad to hear AMD gaining market share where Intel previously ruled. Good for them. :) 
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    lauxenburg , June 14, 2010 9:47 PM
    Geode?...I swore they discontinued that like 5 years ago..no?
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    hootis8 , June 14, 2010 9:50 PM
    What is the speed of the processor?
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    Gin Fushicho , June 14, 2010 10:10 PM
    How powerful IS the processor? I've never heard of Geode.
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    rembo666 , June 14, 2010 10:37 PM
    It's equivalent to Athlon XP 2600+. The CPU is significantly faster than Atom, but the SiS chipset sucks. I had this in my car computer and it ran Windows XP just fine, maybe a bit faster than an Atom system. However, my monitor had 800x480 resolution, so the dog-slow graphics chipset was not a big issue.
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    someguynamedmatt , June 14, 2010 10:44 PM
    Ah, the Geode... long time since I've heard that... well, as long as it beats the Atom, which it does, then I'm happy. I'm always glad to hear AMD gaining market share where Intel previously ruled. Good for them. :) 
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    mdillenbeck , June 14, 2010 10:51 PM
    Branching out... except when it comes to offering alternatives to Windows on the OS. *sigh*
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    falchard , June 14, 2010 11:04 PM
    What no 780g?
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    kronos_cornelius , June 14, 2010 11:26 PM
    The 1201N has ION Graphics. To me, that is enough to steak with the Intel model. Once Fusion comes online, I'll revise my opinion.
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    ta152h , June 14, 2010 11:36 PM
    Bog-standard? Is that a new term? I didn't know there was a type of bog that was considered standard. I'm still trying to imagine a deluxe bog.

    More importantly, does it have a matte screen or a mirror we men can use to shave with.
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    henrystrawn , June 15, 2010 12:52 AM
    When my wife got her Acer netbook last year, I was very underwhelmed with it's performance. I hope that AMD can gets some efficient performance that will work for a decent tablet. She just got an Ipad for her birthday, and I am just waiting until a decent PC tablet hits the market. The most important thing is battery life. I have been waiting, somewhat patiently for the Asus 121 tablet. I love my Asus G72, but I can't venture too far from a power outlet.
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    alextheblue , June 15, 2010 2:42 AM
    rembo666It's equivalent to Athlon XP 2600+. The CPU is significantly faster than Atom, but the SiS chipset sucks. I had this in my car computer and it ran Windows XP just fine, maybe a bit faster than an Atom system. However, my monitor had 800x480 resolution, so the dog-slow graphics chipset was not a big issue.
    Actually seeing as how it has a clockspeed of 1.4Ghz and is built off the K7 architecture (even uses the 266 bus IIRC), it should really perform more like my old Athlon XP 1600+ machine.

    The *real* benefit to the Geode NX and that SiS chipset is that they're DIRT CHEAP. Single core Atom (not ION) performance at a lower cost? If they price it right, it'll be OK for a netbook.
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    ta152h , June 15, 2010 2:47 AM
    AlexTheBlueActually seeing as how it has a clockspeed of 1.4Ghz and is built off the K7 architecture (even uses the 266 bus IIRC), it should really perform more like my old Athlon XP 1600+ machine.The *real* benefit to the Geode NX and that SiS chipset is that they're DIRT CHEAP. Single core Atom (not ION) performance at a lower cost? If they price it right, it'll be OK for a netbook.


    Yes, but the thing is a power hog, with low performance. It only gets 2 hours per charge according to Asus, so 1.5 hours in reality. It's pretty worthless. Slow, and very poor on power. Who'd want it?
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    dEAne , June 15, 2010 4:00 AM
    I haven't tried AMD netbook before but I hope It preforms well - long battery life, cost less, satisfactorily web capable. . .This is what the consumer wants after all.
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    Arethel , June 15, 2010 5:34 AM
    AMD and SIS... ahh those were the days. :) 
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    sonofliberty08 , June 15, 2010 5:44 AM
    sis still making chipset ? why not using AMD own chipset ? wonder will there be ION for Geode ......
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    DjEaZy , June 15, 2010 7:26 AM
    ... ir it SiS, then XP...
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    Marco925 , June 15, 2010 10:15 AM
    rfstudioAnother cheap ass low quality bad design pc none of these companies actually care about the design or tht the battery on these net books sticking out like tumor except apple .....pc are so low class


    Oh how wrong we pc men are Mr Apple God!
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    etrom , June 15, 2010 11:28 AM
    Not SiS again! I got a hard time using SiS 630/730 in late 90's :( 
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    JPForums , June 15, 2010 11:51 AM
    Quote:
    Still, it's always nice to see a company other than Intel getting a look-in when it comes to the Eee line.


    Here's an Eee netbook with a processor not Intel:
    http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=ls15lhnDPup9y6Uh&content=specifications

    It seems to be better endowed than the one in this article as well. It has an Athlon Neo (MV40) processor, a Radeon 3200 graphics chip (RS780MN chipset), and (most importantly) a screen resolution of 1366x768. The system is rated at 6 hours. I've used it for more than 4 hours light surfing and it still wasn't ready to quit. Outside of battery life, this system seems perfectly capable of matching Atom/ION based netbooks. It's been available at newegg for a while now:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220698
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