The 10 Best Desktop Chips Of 2010 (So Far)

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Nettop CPU

Intel began shipping the dual-core Atom D525 in the second quarter as part of its Pineview generation of ultra-low voltage System-on-Chip (SoC) products. Since OEMs and system builders have the 1.83GHz, 13W Atom D525 in their shops in preparation for its official launch, we’re happy to include it in our list of first-half component all-stars.

And for good reason -- this chip integrates the memory controller and graphics onto the processor die for a true SoC design, pops into the same micro-FCBGA8 559 socket as its predecessor, the dual-core Atom D510, and will soon be the most powerful nettop CPU (an undetermined amount of) money can buy.

Release date: June 23, 2010

Price: Unknown

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