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Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

Preview: VIA VN1000 And Nano DC Platform: An IGP With Game?

Media encoding and playback are often considered the primary functions of low-energy platforms, so this is where the real test begins. Apple iTunes runs surprisingly fast on the Nano DC processor compared to the Ion/Atom solutions, outpacing even the 1.8 GHz ION 2-based solution.

This is the slowest this editor has ever seen HandBrake run, with low-energy solutions requiring around four times as much encoding time as a low-cost desktop processor that’s clocked less than twice as high.

VIA smashes the Intel Atom-based ION platforms in DivX and Xvid encoding, yet it can’t hold a candle to our cheap desktop CPU. Perhaps the low-energy platforms should be considered “playback-only” devices?

MainConcept might not be among the main concepts for low-energy computing, yet it’s nice to see VIA’s improvements over Atom-based ION solutions.

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