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Low-Power Gaming: AMD's E-350 Vs. Intel Atom D525 And Ion 2

First, let’s talk about the games we’re testing: 15 games in total. Ten of them are contemporary, and the rest are older titles. We want to include some obsolete games that might not be cutting-edge anymore, but have a high replayability factor to offer someone whose system can’t handle the latest and greatest software. These titles represent a wide variety of genres: racing, flight, real-time strategy, role-playing games, and first-person shooters.

We compare the new Zotac Zbox AD03BR-PLUS to Jetway's Mini-TOP to judge how they perform in a number of gaming scenarios. Both machines are outfit with the same 5200 RPM 250 GB Samsung Spinpoint in order to keep hard drive performance out of the equation.

Both systems have 2 GB of RAM installed. While the Intel Atom D525/Nvidia Ion 2-equipped Mini-TOP uses older DDR2 RAM, it has the advantage of 512 MB of DDR3 exclusively dedicated to its graphics chipset, while the 2 GB of DDR3 in the AMD E-350/Radeon 6310-equipped Zbox has to share RAM between the system and graphics.

Here are the test-system particulars:

Jetway Mini-TOPZotac ZBOX AD03BR-PLUS
Intel Atom D525
1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L3 Cache
AMD E-350
1.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 Cache
Realtek RTL8111DL Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)
Atheros 802.11 b/g/n
PCIe card
Realtek RTL8111DL Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)
Atheros AR9285
Hyundai PC2-6400
1 x 2048 MB, 332 MHz,
CL 5-5-5-15-1T
Samsung PC3-10700
1 x 2048 MB, 1066 MHz,
CL 9-9-9-24-1T
Nvidia Ion 2
Radeon HD 6310
492 MHz (Integrated)
C-Media CM108AH
Nvidia LPCM digital audio
Analog & Optical:
Realtek ALC888
AMD High Definition Audio Device
Hard Drive
250 GB Samsung
Spinpoint 5400

250 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
250 GB Samsung
Spinpoint 5400

250 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Channel Well Tech

12 V, 5 A, External AC adapter
Delta Electronics

19 V, 4.74 A, External AC adapter
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Benchmark Configuration
StarCraft 2
Version:, Low Settings, Medium Textures,
Tom's Hardware Guide Benchmark v2
H.A.W.X. 2
DirectX 9, lowest Settings, in-game benchmark
F1 2010
Version, DirectX 11, in-game benchmark
Ultra-Low Detail Settings, 4x AA
Lowest Settings, Medium Textures, FRAPS benchmark tool
Aliens vs. Predator
Version, Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 benchmark
Default Settings, No AA, 16x AF
Left 4 Dead 2
Lowest settings, model/texture level to medium, multicore rendering enabled
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Lowest Settings, Fraps benchmark tool
Just Cause 2
Version, DirectX 10, Concrete Jungle Benchmark
Lowest Details
Metro 2033
Version, DirectX 11, benchmark tool, High Quality,
Lowest Settings
Lord of the Rings Online
low settings, medium draw distance,
medium animation smoothness, and distant impostors enabled.
Star Trek: Armada 2
Highest Settings, Fraps benchmark tool
DirectX 9, lowest Settings, in-game benchmark
Burnout Paradise
Lowest Settings, Fraps benchmark tool
Unreal Tournament 3
Post processing: Vivid, texture detail 3,
frame rate smoothing, dynamic lights, bloom and depth of field,
distortion, tree leaves, and tree fronds enabled
character model level of detail: Highest
Effects level of detail: 1/3, in-game benchmark
Fallout 3
Low Settings, Fraps benchmark tool
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