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Shuttle's X27: Can Atom Handle Vista?
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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 7.14.10.1364
AMD Graphics Drivers Catalyst 8.9

Benchmarks and Settings

Audio Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
iTunesVersion: 7.7.0.43
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC

Video Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
TMPEG 4.5 Version: 4.5.1.254
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 -
default
- 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
BenchmarkDetails
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8Version: 8.0.134
Virus base: 270.4.5/1533
Benchmark
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
Filters:
Crosshatch
Glass
Sumi-e
Accented Edges
Angled Strokes
Sprayed Strokes

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
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 10.00.00.3646
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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