Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Jan 2009 12:11 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Currently, NVIDIA is really missing out on the netbook market, which is dominated by all-Intel platform designs. NVIDIA has finally woken up to this reality, and the outspoken cofounder, president, and CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang, has launched an all-out campaign to promote his company's Ion platform - and he isn't shy of flinging some poo to Intel and netbooks in general.
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These bigwigs need to GAFC
by deathshadow on Thu 29th Jan 2009 17:36 UTC
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Seriously, every time I hear someone or read an article where someone calls the atom 'underpowered' or 'doesn't run software well' I go "What the bloody blue hell planet do you live on?"

Want to make a Mac user cry? Their beloved G5 that was uber-hyped as being more effective per clock? An iBook comes in slower on Geekbench than the 945GCLF Atom board at the same clock speed...

Which means it's a SLEDGEHAMMER against the simple tasks of web browsing, word processing, and even simple spreadsheet work. Yeah, you aren't going to run Crysis at max settings on it, you aren't supposed to.

Netbooks are filling the niche of people who want something small and simple with decent battery life for light duty tasks like browsing and typing up a simple document... and that seems to be the point the suits at Microsoft, Intel, Nvidia and AMD are missing.

Seriously, where the **** does he get that a Atom powered netbook "doesn't work well". I think the sales figures and that you are seeing people using them damned near everywhere shoots some big holes in that.

He also talks about working with windows mobile - got news for him. NOBODY wants a real processor running windows mobile in anything larger than a phone! The same goes for thin clients - look at the success difference between the EEE Box desktops and AMD's abortive little geode based attempts. (which were cool, but ultimately useless). Windows mobile is a technological dead end because it is NOT fully compatable with any other OS excepting a handful of .net based appliactions. At that point you might as well run Linux with XFCE and at least HAVE a software base.

But that's almost always the problem with thin clients anyways - they strip down too far... The netbooks and smaller factor desktops 'get it' as while stripped down, they at least still can run a normal desktop OS.

Edited 2009-01-29 17:44 UTC

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