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Preview: VIA VN1000 And Nano DC Platform: An IGP With Game?
Test System Configuration
Via Nano DC CPUVIA Nano DC Dual Core
1.80 GHz, QDR-800 FSB, 2 x 1 MB L2 Cache
Via Nano DC MotherboardVIA VT8591B, DDR3-800/1066/1333
VN1000 Northbridge, VT8261 Southbridge, BIOS 080014 (8-27-2010)
Via Nano GraphicsIntegrated S3 Chrome 520 IGP, 512 MB System RAM
Driver Version
ION 2 CPUIntel Atom D525 Dual Core with Hyper-Threading
1.80 GHz, QDR-800 FSB, 2 x 512 KB L2 Cache
ION 2 MotherboardASRock ION3D-ITX, DDR2-667/800
Northbridge on CPU, ICH8M Southbridge, BIOS L0.9 (09-06-2010)
ION 2 GraphicsNvidia Next-Generation ION, 512 MB Discrete RAM
GeForce 258.96
ION CPUIntel Atom 330 Dual Core with Hyper-Threading
1.60 GHz, QDR-533 FSB, 2 x 512 KB L2 Cache
ION MotherboardASRock A330ION, DDR3-800/1066
Nvidia ION Single-Component "Chipset," BIOS P1.40  (07-23-2010)
ION GraphicsNvidia ION, 256 MB System RAM
GeForce 258.96
Core i3 CPUIntel Core i3-530 Dual Core with Hyper-Threading
2.93 GHz, QPI, 4 MB L3 Cache
Core i3 MotherboardIntel DH57JG, DDR3-800/1066/1333
Northbridge on CPU, H57 Southbridge, BIOS 0228 (1-25-2010)
Desktop GraphicsIntel HD Graphics, Max System RAM
DDR3 SDRAM4 GB (2 x 2 GB) Crucial DDR3-1333 at DDR3-1333 CAS 7-7-7-20, (Ion at DDR3-1066 CAS 6-6-6-12)
DDR2 SDRAM4 GB (2 x 2 GB) Crucial DDR2-800 at CAS 4-4-4-9
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

As with Nvidia’s competing parts, VIA’s latest integrated GPU is designed only to support entry-level gaming. Yet there are few “World of Warcraft” addicts among our staff, and we’ve never found a good way to benchmark that game. Instead, we simply cranked the detail levels of our popular 3D titles down to the minimum settings, with the exception of DX10, which we left enabled.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS)
Lowest DX10 Settings (No AA)
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Lowest DX10 Settings (No AA)
DiRT 2Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml
Lowest DX10 Settings (No AA)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of PripyatCall Of Pripyat Benchmark version
Lowest DX10 Settings (No AA)
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion: x64
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
HandBrake 0.9.4Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai (1 GB) to .mp4, High Profile
TMPGEnc 4.0 XPressVersion:
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX Codec 6.9.1Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
Xvid 1.2.2Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Adobe Photoshop CS4Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
7-ZipVersion 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra, Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32 KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8
Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.0.1, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2010Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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