Dell Mini 1012 Discussion forum on the new 2010 Dell Mini 1012, featuring an Intel Atom N450 CPU.
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Join Date: Apr 2009
05-20-2010, 03:57 PM
I installed a SSD in my 1012. Here are my early impressions.
Power consumption seems slightly reduced, judging by my Kill-A-Watt's reading. I haven't tested battery life, yet. I expect a small improvement.
As for performance and boottime (in Linux anyway), I attached some typical bootcharts for the stock 160GB 5400rpm HDD and a slow SATA SSD (SuperTalent FUM16GL18H, 16GB).
The first two are CPU and drive IO for the HDD. Notice that the CPU spends several seconds at the beginning just waiting for file reads, then actual CPU utilization begins. In the second pair of graphs, the CPU spends virtually no time waiting for IO, and the SSD looks virtually idle. With a SSD installed, the slow Atom CPU is the bottleneck when booting.
Mini 1012 | SSD | Intel 6200 Wifi | Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
Join Date: May 2011
09-03-2011, 03:21 AM
My overall WEI is 2.3 (obviously, the Atom N450). However, the Samsung 470-series SSD has a WEI of 7.5. This is a new generation of SSD with a controller chip designed by Samsung to match their flash chips. I can definitely feel that 7.5 when using the system as well. I can't run games on the Atom, but using the system feels like a Core2 Duo...really. I should post a video or something in the future. And yes, a cold boot means turning the system on from a complete shutoff.
It's not the speed of the processor, but the overall throughput of the system and its subsystems. I remember years ago using SGI systems with 300 MHz processors and running rings around systems with 5X the processor clock...they were designed with total throughput in mind. Most Windows PC tasks are disk-bound (processor sitting idle 90% of the time), so that's where I concentrated on with the 1012.
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Dell Mini 1012 black, 1.6GHz N450, 2GB RAM, 64GB Samsung 470-series SSD, 1366x768 HD LCD, Broadcomm HD accelerator, external Blu-Ray player with decoder, built-in TV tuner, Intel wireless b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 w/EDR, Windows 7 Professional, Office Professional Plus 2010
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