Intel Atom Netbook Speed Test: Xubuntu vs. Windows 7

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I have this EeePC netbook that I don’t have a use for, and I was curious to see how fast Xubuntu compares to Windows 7 with speed. It’s got an Intel Atom 1.66Ghz, 1GB RAM, and a 160GB HDD.

Results are listed at the end of the video.


  1. I bought one of these for $10 with win7 pro already on and it amazing works well with only 1GB RAM. It had XP from the factory. The touchpad isn’t working for some reason despite seemingly proper drivers.

  2. Crank it up to a Windows 7 (32-bit) Starter Pack. Might also help to increase the ram from 1GB to 2GB and a cheap SSD. I don't particularly like the Intel Atom series, but if you change up the hardware a bit, you'll definitely be seeing better results and smoother performance.

  3. I had a very similar netbook (a Dell Inspiron Mini and more like 60 of them) that I had access to at work, they were destined for e-waste recycling, but were forgotten about. I was able to put Chrome OS onto them and it was considerably faster than the previous installation of Windows. Unfortunately, the version that I found (CloudReady) does not support device enrollment in our management unless you pay and it wasn't worth it to us, so they've gone back to sitting on a shelf and gathering dust.

  4. When I still had my single-core Samsung netbook, it was actually pretty quick to start Windows 7, although Ubuntu took ages to load up. But, no matter which operating system was run, the performance was absolutely awful. It did have unbeatable battery life though – something like 3-4 hours, even on a well-used battery.

  5. OOOOOOOOOO SHIT that looks like an Eee PC 1005H/HA

    I used to have on and the thing was a trooper, other than the battery dying. Hell, it lived through half a two liter of Mountain Dew being dumped in it. I actually took the screen since it was the non-gloss model, and it's shockingly good for being a basic TN panel. I can tell you firsthand that SSDs in these have a massive impact on performance. The HDD used in those is slow as hell.

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