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.
- 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