It's been a long time since we've previewed a VIA chipset. And yet, here we are with an S3-based DX10 GPU that VIA claims is ready for gaming. How does the VN1000 compare to Intel's Atom and Nvidia's ION? Is it strong enough to ward off Core i3?
We’ve already seen that low-energy platforms are suitable to only very few games, yet VIA’s gaming claims made us add 3DMark to the suite.
Unfortunately, no integrated solution is fully capable of reaching a normal score in 3DMark’s default Performance setting, so we had to drop to its Entry preset to achieve consistent results. The ION 2 edges out the Nano DC in spite of its general mediocrity.
A slightly more powerful CPU gives the Nano DC a small lead in PCMark.
Sandra’s CPU tests give us a more accurate representation of the Nano DC’s low-energy performance superiority.
Only the desktop-based platform is dual-channel capable, yet a closer look reveals that all three low-energy platforms had trouble using the bandwidth available via single-channel mode.
- A New Player In The Desktop Game?
- VIA’s Preview Platform
- Competing Platforms
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Media Playback And Performance Scaling
- Energy And Efficiency