The N2600 is part of Intel’s new line of low-power CPUs, named Cedar Trail, and is built on 32 nm lithography. The official specs for the CPU are not yet available, but we do know that we have a dual-core CPU, with HT, clocked at 1.6 GHz. It includes Intel HD 3600 Integrated graphics running at 400 MHz, Direct.1 compatible (based on specs) and it should support only up to 2 GB of DDR3 RAM.
If you’re wondering how the unit performed in everyday usage:
- Dealing with video, Flash 720p content on Youtube is playable.
- The N2600 can actually handle 1080P self stored content quite well.
- As for noise and temperatures, this platform is fanless, so there’s little to no noise involved with no notable heat issues.
Cedar Trail N2600 Compared to the Intel Atom N570 & the AMD C-50 chips
When compared to the N570, looks like the current N2600 is a bit slower in terms of raw CPU tests, but way faster in terms of graphic abilities. Compared to the C-50, you get mixed results in CPU tests (poorer score in PCMark Vantage, better in Cinebench 11.5 CPU test and Crystalmark ), and definitely a lot under in terms of graphics (however, both can actually play 1080p content, as our tests showed; so the only difference is in games or maybe some encoding software.
It should be noted that the N2600 is not going to be the fastest of the Cedar Trail Atoms, thus if you’ll be needing some extra muscles, you should go for that N2800 Atom at 1.83 GHz, with better graphics as well.
We’re going to wait and see what the benchmarks look like in a month when Intel has a chance to work out more of the driver issues. We’ve been in the situation before and done early testing and had results vary greatly in the final product. This is just a tease and I wouldn’t take it as gospel.