Eee PC 1000HE Uses Intel 945GSE Chipset, Still Plays 720p Video
However, before we realized that we did not have the GN40 chipset, we tried playing 720p video on the 1000HE and on two other netbooks with the older 1.6-GHZ N270 processor, the MSI Wind U120 and the Eee PC 1000H. On all three systems, we found that a 720p video from Microsoft's HD showcase worked perfectly when played at full screen on a 32-inch external monitor running at 1360x768. So, if you want to use your netbook to output 720p video to a huge monitor or a large screen TV that has a VGA port, you simply don't need GN40. Perhaps the new chipset offers more tangible performance benefits in other areas, such as gaming, but we'll have to wait for a netbook to come with it to find out.
Our ASUS rep could not disclose the company's reason for going with an N280 chip in the first place, when we asked why they'd upgrade to a the chip that offers only .06-GHz more than its N270 predecsessor. Perhaps the CPU alone consumes less power or takes up less space, but we can't confirm that. We'll have a full review of the system, including battery life and performance numbers next week.