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Three Slim Atom/Ion 2-Based Nettop PCs Compared
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The Giada, Jetway, and Zotac nettops perform similarly because they’re all built on the same Ion 2 platform and have Intel Atom D500-series CPUs. To make things more interesting, we are adding ASRock’s Core 100HT-BD to the mix, a nettop that employs Intel’s Core i3-330M CPU and offers desktop-class performance. A key differentiator is that the Core 100HT-BD offers Intel-based HD Graphics, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it stands up against Nvidia’s Ion 2. The Core 100HT-BD can be purchased for $749.99 on Newegg, as tested, without an operating system.


ASRock Core100HT-BD
Giada Slim-N20Jetway Mini-TOP
Zotac ZBOX HD-ID34
CPU
Intel Core i3-330M (Arrandale), 2.13 GHz, QPI-2400 MHz, 3 MB L3 Cache
Intel Atom D510
1.6 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 1 MB L3 Cache
Intel Atom D525
1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L3 Cache
Intel Atom D525
1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L3 Cache
Networking
Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)
Atheros AR9287-BL1A wireless card
(WiFi)
Realtek RTL8111C Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)
Atheros AR9285
(WiFi)
Atheros AR3011 (Bluetooth)
Realtek RTL8111DL Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)
Atheros 802.11 b/g/n
PCIe card
(WiFi)
Realtek RTL8111DL Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)
Atheros AR9285
(WiFi)
Memory
Nanya PC3-10700, 2 x 2048 MB, 533 MHz, CL 7-7-7-20-1T
(dual-channel)
Samsung PC2-6400
1 x 2048 MB, 332 MHz,
CL 5-5-5-15-1T
(single-channel)
Hyundai PC2-6400
1 x 2048 MB, 332 MHz,
CL 5-5-5-15-1T
(single-channel)
Samsung PC2-6400
1 x 2048 MB, 332 MHz,
CL 5-5-5-15-1T
(single-channel)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
(Integrated)
Nvidia Ion 2
(Integrated)
Nvidia Ion 2
(Integrated)
Nvidia Ion 2
(Integrated)
Sound
Via VT2020 8-channel HD audio codec
with THX TruStudio Pro
Analog & Optical:
Realtek ALC662
HDMI:
Nvidia LPCM digital audio
Analog:
C-Media CM108AH
HDMI:
Nvidia LPCM digital audio
Analog & Optical:
Realtek ALC888
HDMI:
Nvidia LPCM digital audio
Hard Drive
500 GB Seagate
Momentus 5400.6

500 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
320 GB Seagate Momentus 7200
320 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
250 GB Samsung
Spinpoint 5400

250 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
250 GB Samsung
Spinpoint 5400

250 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Power
Delta Electronics
ADP-90CD DB

90 W, 19 V, External AC adapter
Great Wall
ADP65S-1903420

19 V, 3.42 A, External AC adapter
Channel Well Tech
KPA-060F

12 V, 5 A, External AC adapter
Delta Electronics
ADP-90CD

19 V, 4.74 A, External AC adapter
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics Drivers
Intel Win7Vista_64_15177, Nvidia 260.99
Benchmark Configuration
PCMark Vantage x64
Version: Professional 64-bit edition 1.0.1.0, Total System Score, Memories, TV And Movies, Gaming, Music, Communications, Productivity, Hard Disk
SiSoft Sandra 2010
Version: 2010.1.16.11, Network Bandwidth benchmark, Network Latency benchmark
HD HQV Benchmark
Blu-ray, Version 1.0
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    DjEaZy , December 10, 2010 5:42 AM
    ... it may be a good mac mini hackentosch...
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    hmp_goose , December 10, 2010 6:10 AM
    Retest the N20's playback with a RAM drive for the temp files; I suspect the drive system is the issue . . .
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    dEAne , December 10, 2010 8:00 AM
    Overall it is good. The benchmark is fair enough - And it is presentable too.
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    cushgod , December 10, 2010 12:10 PM
    SHould test results with a SSD complared to a "mechanical" HDD to see how much that can help an Atom move along :) 
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    fullcircle_bflo , December 10, 2010 12:37 PM
    So if I wanted a computer simply to stream internet videos to a television via HDMI(such as Hulu or CBS website), would any of these be a good candidate?
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    kriminal , December 10, 2010 1:18 PM
    ^^ guess so.. fullcircle
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    mchuf , December 10, 2010 1:51 PM
    For $150 - $200, you can buy a used Pentium D or C2D pc off of craigslist. Add a $50 HD5450 gpu and a $40 wireless KB/M combo and your all set. That would be a more capable box than one of these things and at a lower price (even if you upgrade to Win 7 HP). Hell, even a used Mac Mini (old model) might be a more cost effective solution. Unless you're extremely tight for space, I don't see the appeal for an overpriced "net" device.
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    nonameworks , December 10, 2010 2:30 PM
    ^^ Only if you ignore the cost of electricity
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    tipoo , December 10, 2010 3:02 PM
    Zino HD review, please! At close to the cost of many of these nettops, it blows them away in performance and is almost as small and consumes almost as little power.
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    azcoyote , December 10, 2010 3:40 PM
    I would love one of these for only one reason. To get rid of the clunky box I let my kids play noggin.com games on. Not sure they have enough guts for the pig that is Flash though.
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    Anonymous , December 10, 2010 6:13 PM
    The last page seems to imply that the Zotac box is the only one of the group lacking TrueHD. Is that correct?
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    gs92110 , December 10, 2010 8:05 PM
    Recently connected my Gateway 17" laptop to TV by HDMI, it works fine, but a large footprint, might be interested in one of these little Nettops, "IF" they would let me surf/email/streaming videos to TV[without pixelation messing up the videos]...I don't expect much, but need these features...
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    ethaniel , December 10, 2010 9:59 PM
    Good read, and a good thing that you opened all of them.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 10, 2010 10:46 PM
    I'll pass on Nettops until they can easily handle games like Metro 2033 and Crysis with the highest settings.
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    ProDigit10 , December 11, 2010 2:24 AM
    Jetway mini has slower readings because it's harddrive is massively slower!
    I'd replace it with an SSD, and do the tests again, and see how it'll outperform the other nettop platforms..
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    Sandburner20 , December 11, 2010 12:05 PM
    Interesting that the D510 system can't play Flash video fullscreen. I have run into the exact same problem with the Shuttle D510 system. Even more interesting that the D525 can. Could this be a timing issue with the D510 since the FSB is apparently different?
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    JohnMD1022 , December 11, 2010 12:05 PM
    We can scratch the Giada immediately.

    Why you ask?

    A Seagate drive.

    Can anyone remember the Yugo? That's Seagate.
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    naturalandtech , December 11, 2010 4:12 PM
    ASRock always rock! especially Vision 3D Series coming with:
    # Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 Mobile Processor Family
    # 2 x 2GB DDR3-1066MHz
    # NVIDIA® GeForce GT425M Graphics, NVIDIA® 3D Vision, 3DTV Play Capable
    # 2T2R WiFi 802.11b/g/n
    # 3 x USB 3.0
    # 7.1 CH HD Audio with THX TruStudio Pro™
    soon it will be on my hand,,, muhaha
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    teeth_03 , December 11, 2010 4:54 PM
    Your USB port totals are a bit off when you are forgetting the eSATA combo ports. So the Giada actually has 3, not 2, and so fourth.
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