Asus is set to Lenovo's S12 ION-based netbook with its own HD capable Netbook, the EEE PC 1000HV, which will feature, surprise, surprise, an ATI HD3450 graphics subsystem.
The laptop shares the same attributes as the Asus 1000HE netbook. It has an Atom N280 processor, a 10-inch LCD monitor (1024x600 pixels), 1GB RAM, a 160GB hard disk drive, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth, a battery capable of delivering 5-hours of juice and the usual array of ports.
The most interesting hardware bit remains the 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics processor which will give the Nvidia ION graphics module (based on the Nvidia 9400M) a run for its money.
Italian website eeepc.it have already managed to benchmark the system and it showed that the HD3450-enabled netbook was up to 30 percent faster than the old 1000HE on Crystalmark R3 thanks to a new Super Hybrid Performance mode.
Unfortunately, the 1000HV was not pushed to its limit by using for example, Crysis or other demanding games. The netbook is expected to carry a pricetag of 499 Euros which is significantly more than the $449 the Lenovo S12 would cost.
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So this is turning out to be a 9400M vs a HD3450 at the end of the day. Who will win this one? As far as power consumption is concerned, we reckon that it will be the Ion which has been designed from ground up around Intel's Atom platform. When it comes to performance, both scored similar marks on 3DMark 05, which is roughly 5 times better than the former GMA X3100.
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