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’re big fans of visual quality, so missing details in the image above were somewhat of a shock to us. Then again, Crysis only exists as a benchmark for most users, having been abandoned by many gamers in favor of more modern first-person shooters.
None of the integrated solutions are able to play Crysis, even at 800x600 (let alone the 1280x720 target we set for “casual” gaming on a home theater display). A lack of playability diminishes the ION 2’s win.
The ION 2 stays in the lead through our highest unplayable resolution.
- 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