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Shuttle's X27: Can Atom Handle Vista?

System Hardware
CPUs Intel Atom 230 (45 nm, 1.6 GHz, 512 KB L2)
AMD Athlon X2 4050e (65 nm, 2.1 GHz, 1 MB L2)
Intel Chipset: 945GCShuttle X27
AMD Chipset: 740GGigabyte MA74GM-S2
RAM Shuttle: 1 x 2 GB DDR2-667 Kingston
AMD: 2 x 1 GB DDR2-800 OCZ
HDD Shuttle: Toshiba MK8052GSX 80 GB SATA 2.5”
AMD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 400 GB SATA 3.5”
Graphics Card Shuttle: Intel integrated GMA 950
AMD: AMD Radeon HD 4670 512 MB

System Software & Drivers
Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate
DirectX 10 DirectX 10 (Vista default)
Intel Graphics Drivers
AMD Graphics Drivers Catalyst 8.9

Benchmarks and Settings

Audio Benchmarks and Settings
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC

Video Benchmarks and Settings
TMPEG 4.5 Version:
Video: Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 5 Minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, Six-Channel, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps, 44.1 KHz)
DivX 6.8.3 Version: 6.8.3
- Main Menu -
- Codec Menu -
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
Enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
- Video Menu -
Quantization: MPEG-2
XviD 1.1.3 Version: 1.1.3
- Other Options / Encoder Menu -
Display encoding status = off
Mainconcept Reference 1.5.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1
Version: 1.5.1
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264)
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)
Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16 Bit, 224 kbps)
Codec: H.264
Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Profile: Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core
HD Playback (Blue Ray) PowerDVD 8
Blue Ray - Disc (James Bond - "Casino Royale")
Video Mode: 1920x1080p (full screen)
Codec: H.264

Application Benchmarks and Settings
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8Version: 8.0.134
Virus base: 270.4.5/1533
Scan: some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
Winrar 3.80Version 3.70 BETA 8
WinZIP Commandline Version 2.3
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 KB
Benchmark: THG-Workload
WinZIP 11Version 11.2
Compression = Best
Benchmark: THG-Workload
Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9Version: 9.0
Rendering a Dragon picture
rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Adobe Photoshop CS 3Version: 10.0x20070321
Filtering of a 69 MB TIF-Photo
Benchmark: Tomshardware-Benchmark V1.0.0.4
Programmed by Tomshardware using Delphi 2007
Accented Edges
Angled Strokes
Sprayed Strokes

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02
Options: Performance
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.00
PCMark Benchmark
Memory Benchmark
Windows Media Player
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2Version 2008.5.14.24
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

A note on our testing here. The comparison platform populates a different form factor and employs more conventional desktop hardware versus the mobile-ish Atom. Nevertheless, the Athlon X2 4050e-based box is less expensive than the Shuttle-built package. It’s also a low-power build, though not quite as “green” as the X2700.

If you’d like to compare the Atom to VIA’s Nano platform, please have a look at the side-by-side Patrick recently published comparing Intel, AMD, and VIA low-power architectures. The purpose of this piece is to review Shuttle’s X27 and the 4050e gives us a relevant price point and a good idea of the performance available if you can fit a micro-ATX platform in your application.

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