Intel's HD Graphics engines aren't particularly quick, but gaming at 1280x720 using low detail settings should be viable. We'll try a couple of different titles: Grid 2 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
All of the systems equipped with dual-channel memory were able to handle Grid 2 at 720p with a minimum frame rate over 30 FPS. That's about as much as we could have expected from these compact machines. Even the frame rate variance numbers are acceptably low.
Of course, ASRock's VisionX and its discrete Radeon HD 8850M GPU overpowers these entry-level settings. Clearly, the motherboard vendor has something on its hands that should handle 1920x1080 and/or more taxing levels of quality.
The results are similar in Skyrim, though the 30 FPS minimum target is a little harder to achieve. There are also more frame time variance spikes than we'd like to see. Other than the Zotac and Acer PCs, though, a 28 FPS minimum is maintained. And once again, ASRock's VisionX is far faster than necessary at this setting and resolution.
- Seven Small Systems With Fast Platforms
- Acer Revo RL80-UR22
- ASRock VisionX 420D-8G1T88
- Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7-4500
- Intel NUC DC3217IYE (Ivy Bridge)
- Intel NUC D54250WYK (Haswell)
- LGX ML300
- Zotac Zbox Nano ID65 Plus
- Test Systems And Benchmarks
- Synthetic Benchmarks
- Game Benchmarks: Low Detail, 720p
- Game Benchmarks: Medium Detail, 1080p
- Power Usage Benchmarks
- Temperature Benchmarks
- Four Mini-PCs Receive Special Recognition