AMD C60 is an excellent dual core processor for netbooks and entry level notebooks. It has a very capable ATi Radeon HD 6290 graphics processing unit. The CPU has 1MB L2 cache and runs at 1GHz clock speed. C60 offers some significant performance gains over its predecessor, the AMD C50 APU (accelerated processing unit).
There are two cores that can handle up to two threads at a time. The CPU can automatically over clocks itself to 1.3GHz under turbo mode. Similarly, the GPU also over clocks to 400MHz (normal speed is 276MHz).
Power consumption is said to be around 9 watts, which is a higher than the popular Atom CPU like N455 and N475. Both Asus and Acer have been offering several AMD C60 netbooks. This includes:
- Asus 1225b – A very capable 11.6 inch netbook with full size keyboard.
- Lenovo S206 (more at notebooksnews.com) – Newly launched 11.6 inch thin mini notebook which looks very attractive.
- Acer 522 with C60
- Acer 722 with C60
- Acer W500s – A tablet with windows 7 and AMD C60 processor.
Here is how it compares with its siblings, AMD C50 and AMD E350 in the Cinebench benchmark.
As you can see, the C60 offers a noticeable performance gain over the C50. However, it is still weaker than the E350.