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So earlier this week, the Asus Eee 900 went on sale as expected. The price is around $550 as expected. Reviews are coming in as expected. Some on-line retailers are advertising the device with 1.7 GHz Celeron as… uh… huh?Now I haven’t checked specifically with Asus […]

E900So earlier this week, the Asus Eee 900 went on sale as expected. The price is around $550 as expected. Reviews are coming in as expected. Some on-line retailers are advertising the device with 1.7 GHz Celeron as… uh… huh?Now I haven’t checked specifically with Asus on this, but I’m calling “Mobile Myth… busted!” until proven wrong. We’ve seen nothing official from Asus that this device runs on anything other than an Intel Celeron at 900 MHz. The same CPU is found in the earlier Eee PC models, although those are underclocked to 630 MHz out of the box.We’ve seen no reviewers with anything but the 900 MHz Celeron. Yet, some folks are “ordering” the 1.7 GHz version… at the same price as the 900 MHz version. It doesn’t add it up me. Bob, one of our readers just received his 900-model and validates the 900 MHz Celeron. He also points out a higher capacity 5800 mAh battery with his unit; good to hear as there was some brouhaha over the battery capacity on some units.Someone smarter than me can hopefully verify this next thought: I believe that the 900 MHz CPU uses a different Socket than the faster 1.7 GHz chips for the motherboard interface. If true, would Asus design separate motherboards for an otherwise exact same high-volume product? I’m thinking not. Obviously, if my assumption is wrong, then this point goes out the window.For now, I’m calling this as I see it: a typo in the specs. In fact, at Buy.com, they have both the XP and the Linux version of the Eee 900. Both are the same $549.00. The XP version apprently comes with the 1.7 GHz Celeron. The Linux version at the same price? That has an “Intel Mobile CPU”. Hmmm…. Got additional info or a Asus Eee PC with a CPU other than the Intel Celeron 900 MHz chip? If you’ve seen one in the wild let us know!

  1. I’d like to see some more battery life data for the EeePC 900 running the Celeron at 900MHz. Some of the data reported at UMPCportal had run times of below 1 hour playing a video (4200 battery).

    At present I’m leaning towards the MSI Wind.

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  2. From the research I was doing, the Eee 701 has the Celeron M SL7QX chip with is running 900mhz (really clocked to 630mhz) running on a 400mhz bus running with a 910 GML northbridge.

    The rumored chip is a Celeron M 430 running 1.73mhz on a 400mhz bus using either 910GML or 915 chipset.

    As far as I can tell, if the BIOS is set up for those CPU IDs, it should be plug and play from 900 to 1.7.

    This is similar to the plug and drop someone did with the Pentium M chip that was swapped into a 701.

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  3. Sorry, as a correction, the 1.73mhz is running on the 533mhz bus, either the SL9KV or SL92F chip.

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