Just for some mild gaming. The ION with 512mb apportioned RAM works fine for the games I play. CoD, Dark Sector, GTA etc etc. Got the 8800GTS for £30 so thought i'd throw it in there, use a dedicated card so max RAM available for the OS. Very pleased with this setup. I expected nothing from the atom...but this dual core is running reasonably well as my main machine. DVD decoding, gaming...etc
Just go ahead and plug the 8800 in then. It should automatically disable the on-board GPU. The Atom will probably bottleneck it a lot, but since this is just a stop-gap solution I guess it doesn't matter too much.
Hmmmm what do you mean bottleneck. I thought the CPU will perform well, but not to it's best as will be held back by the CPU. Will the CPU actually worsen it's performance, or will it just be limited by the CPU ?
Ok thats what I wanted to confirm. There were two scenarios I was thinking of. Either the GPU would work and would run terribly because of communication breakdown with CPU...or GPU would run to best of its ability, but could only run as fast as permitted by CPU (which is what you have just confirmed?)
Pretty much. Remember that the components talk to the motherboard, not to each other directly. Thus, if the board supports PCI-E graphics, the GPU will work, but the CPU may be too slow to keep up with the GPU.
One word...WOW! Can't believe the difference, its great. I thought the ION 512mb might be the limit the CPU could handle....but the 8800GTS has taken it to another level. Free'd up 512mb RAM, and running well with the atom.
Playing COD WoW on high settings, nice and smooth.
The SUGO SG06 is ridiculously tight inside though. I went from a low profile tower to this desktop box....looks good but the most complicated case I have ever had to use.
Ha ha. I only got it because it because it was goign for £30 (original box the works...and the guy forgot he had a 7800Gt stashed in the bottom...freebie!).
I must say I expected nothing from this atom system..thought it would stumble through most things like the netbook did (which drove me mad)...but the dual core and hyperthreading, with 4gb RAM handles windows 7, all applications and games (using ION but now dedicated) without issue....very suprised