Waiting For A Dual-Core Convertible Netbook? Gigabyte Have You Covered

Posted on 25 August 2010 by



gigabyte T1000PMe and chippy mentioned on Twitter just the other day that more power was needed from netbook based systems and Gigabyte may have just come up with the goods in their T1000 series refresh.

The T1005M comes packing Intels newest Atom processor, the N550. Its a 1.5GHz dual-core chip with 512KB of L2 cache, DDR3 support and hyperthreading to get you multitaskers moving along nicely.

Other specifications from this convertible netbook include, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB hard drive, WiFi 80211b/g/n, Bluetooth, 2x USB 2.0, Windows 7 Home Premium and a 10.1” capacitive multi-touch display running at 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. What is also notable is the inclusion of one USB 3.0 port and optional inbuilt HSDPA.

Based on these specifications I think we have found chippy a new convertible, assuming he’s willing to stump up the $798 USD premium.

The unit weighs 3.3 pounds, measures in at 10.4” x 8.4” x 1.6” and comes with a 6 cell, 41Whr, 7650mAh battery.

Gigabytes T1005M is already available in Australia, although curiously the retailer is showing the product as discontinued. When it will grace European and US shores is yet unknown but watch this space.

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  5. RBLevin says:

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  7. chippy says:

    I’m guessing it has the 3G antenna built in. I could drop my runcore and 3G module in it and i’d be away. Wonder what the battery life is like. Might have to get in touch with Gigabyte to see if they want to loan me one!!!

    J2Detroit Reply:

    This looks perfect for those express outings to spontaneous places when you need something portable and powerful. Thinking that “loaning” Chippy mentioned sounds ideal!

  8. Jeff says:

    For running non-multithreaded applications, would the 1.5 GHz be slower than the single core 1.6 GHz and above Atom CPUs?

    chippy Reply:

    Yes but Pinetrail brought 10-20% performance improvement.

    DavidC1 Reply:

    Pinetrail brought only 5-10% in average: http://www.anandtech.com/show/2889

    Having the memory controller physically closer to the CPU has given some benefits even when it still talks using the FSB, however.

    I think the dual core N550 will actually be worth it for those that are willing to pay that small extra. Using 2 physical cores + 2 more using Hyperthreading is pretty optimal on modern PC usage. You can even run 720p without GPU hardware acceleration without having to install any codec or drivers.

    JJ Reply:

    Ya, the single core Pineview Atom CPUs all have faster clocks than the 1.5 GHz dual core one. Since they are part of the same platform, the faster single core versions will have better performance on single threaded programs.

    Unless your compressing/decompressing archives (RAR, 7-Zip, etc), doing video and image editing or running high resource usage scientific software, the N47X CPUs will be a better choice since many programs are still single threaded.

    tsog Reply:

    Dual core CPUs are always better than single core CPUs of the same architecture.
    Since when do users only have one program open at a time? Not to mention that there will always be many background processes, even at start-up.

    JJ Reply:

    Most of the time, none of those background programs are running at 100% CPU utilization so the dual core CPU won’t give much of an advantage over just hyperthreading. I agree that multiple cores will help at start up but accessing multiple locations of the hard drive limits the CPU from being fully used.

    Dual cores are only useful for multi-threaded software or having one program use 100% of one core while another program is using the other core. Software don’t usually use 100% CPU unless your running high resource usage applications like what I said earlier (video and image editing, scientific software, compression/decompression, etc.). Having multiple software open at the same time but none of them are actually fully using the CPU then a hyperthreaded single CPU will perform as well as a dual core.

    “Dual core CPUs are always better than single core CPUs of the same architecture.” That is not always true. It is heavily dependent upon whether the software is multi-threaded and how efficient the multi-threading is. It is even less true if the dual core has a lower clock speed than the single core of the same architecture.

    tsog Reply:

    CPU utilization is no where near perfect. By your reasoning, there’s no need for a faster CPU if it isn’t utilized near 100% most of the time.
    Well, I can guarantee you that even atom CPUs aren’t used 100%, not even half of the time. But there’s no denying that if you switch to a CULV laptop, you’ll definitely see a speed difference.

    JJ Reply:

    Yes, I agree CPU utilization between different architectures (Intel Atom vs an Intel CULV) isn’t comparable. I’m talking about the performance between a single Atom N47X and a dual core N550. They have the same architecture but different clock speeds and number of cores. CPU utilization can be used for comparison.

    Anyway, you could look up benchmarks of CPUs of the same architecture but with different number of cores and clock speeds.

    tsog Reply:

    I’d get a dual core anyway.
    If you are really big on battery life, you can make it single core by changing the windows boot settings (search msconfig), or hacking registry to turn on core parking. It’ll be like having a slightly underclocked N455. Except that you can have the extra performance if you needed.
    It’s only a .1ghz difference anyway, less than 10%.

  9. Marauderz says:

    what about palm resistance? some its a capacitive screen I guess that’s out of the question

  10. Jesse B Andersen says:

    I think I’ll wait for the Gigabyte T1125 which was known as the M1125. It has better specs such as Core i5 and has a dedicated mobility graphics card.

    tsog Reply:

    There’s not much difference going from 11.6″ to 12.1″, and you just might be better off using a full-blown tablet like the x201x or the Fujitsu th700. For $1100 you get excellent touchscreen (active + capacitive), full speed core i3 (not CULV), and DVD-burner that can be swapped for a battery.

  11. JB82 says:

    An improvement from the tablet netbooks currently available but still lacking. Too expensive and too underpowered. Needs to be smaller too or competes with …..

    The acer 1420p, 1820pt, 1825ptz line would be much better if they ever release them in the US (lucky to have a 1420p from Microsoft pdc09!) The size and weight (11.2×8.2×1.something and 3.79lbs) are pretty similar to this gigabyte but performance is 10x as much with a CULV + the 11.6″ screen….

    The T1125 looks like a better option from Gigabyte if they ever release it.

    Is anyone else tired of reading about these awesome netbooks and tablets that will not appear for months (or years?? or never?!) I’d like to just hear about them when they are released so i can go out and buy something rather than wait and wait and wait.

  12. Schugy says:

    My Everun Note still rocks :-) And of course it has to because there’s nothing in 118×200 mm with AMD dual core left on the market.

  13. Lucien says:

    I think the Lenovo S10-3t with 2GB memory and 1.8 GHz Atom is better deal for $500. May not be as fast as the refreshsed Gigabyte but the price is way lower and multi-touch is very responsive. It does have a SIM slot as well.

  14. cwbyflyer says:

    Grrrr….Still waiting for something faster than my 1.3Ghz with a 7inch screen.

  15. scoobie says:

    Fujtisu have announced a 10.1 convertible laptop

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/03/fujitsu-announces-lifebook-t580-with-four-finger-multitouch/

  16. evozero says:

    T1005M on sale now in Singapore at one of our big IT fairs

    http://www.bootstrike.com/itfairsg/comex2010/Digital-Asia-Gigabyte-Notebooks-T1005M-Q1000-M1022-Q100C-M1022C-Netbook-Tablet-PC-flyer-brochure-leaflet/

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