Low-Power Gaming: AMD's E-350 Vs. Intel Atom D525 And Ion 2

Benchmark Results: Star Trek Armada 2

As we mentioned previously, we’re going to try some older games to see how they behave with these low-power platforms. As an alternative to StarCraft 2, let’s try a real-time strategy title that’s also in a futuristic setting. Star Trek Armada 2 uses true 3D graphics like StarCraft 2. The highest supported resolution is 1280x1024.

What’s really surprising here is that the frame rates seem to be no higher than in StarCraft 2, although the D525/Ion 2 fares better than it does with the newer title. It’s likely that this older game doesn’t take advantage of multiple CPU cores. In any case, real-time strategy titles don’t require the twitch timing of a competitive first-person shooter, so it’s on the verge of playable on the D525/Ion 2 platform.


Star trek Armada 2 is on the verge of playable on the D525/Ion 2, but quite smooth on the E-350.

  • tacoslave
    so the gpu's in modern consoles are around the same as the e-350? since these gpus are mainly cpu bound? Also should have put counterstrike fun and not demanding.
  • Can they make a video game that features a Monopolistic Chip Company who threatens and bribes computer manufacturers to be zombies?
  • ujaansona
    Aamusing... ;)
  • ujaansona
    OOPS It's not "Aamusing"
    It's Pointless To Compare Them...
  • warjunkieltu
    Why are you guys not testing some good quality freeware first person shooters, that could run smoothly on those low end PCs? For example:
    Urban Terror (my favorite one), Open Arena, Alien Arena? Or at least Quake live?
    Cause it's ridiculous to test all those latest shooters on such low end machines...
  • silverblue
    I was just thinking about reinstalling either of the Star Trek: Armada titles now I've moved to Windows 7, just to see if it removes the stuttering I experienced in XP. Good to see one of those titles here.

    Good review; was kinda wishing for the HL2:LC or some previous-gen UT titles though. :)
  • nevertell
    You could've tried overclocking them :D
    But seriously, the ION seems to be bottlenecked by the cpu.
  • rolli59
    Low end graphics! How about testing them with popular MMOG for addicts that travel, but like the portability of netbooks!
  • vaughn2k
    Diablo 2? and Warcraft 3?
  • gondor
    Thank you for including older titles in your comparison ! I hope you'll be able to include even more of them in any future tests to give each major game engine of the era a fair chance :)