Preview: VIA VN1000 And Nano DC Platform: An IGP With Game?

Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The latest version of Call of Duty provides impressive visuals, even at low details, though you’ll notice there aren’t any shadows or advanced lighting effects. The low 800x600 graphics resolution is the biggest detriment to realism, however.

VIA’s Nano DC platform appears to be perfectly playable, unlike its Atom-based counterparts, but appearances can deceive. The reality is that a bug in the driver caused the game to crash between screens on a fairly regular basis. We expect stability to improve as the driver development exceeds beta status, though the more stable version could also lower FPS. Almost miraculously, Intel’s Core i3-530 IGP is also playable at these settings.

Once again we see playable frame rates coming from VIA’s low-energy solution as well as Intel’s low-cost mainstream part, and again we warn that VIA’s beta drivers are not yet completely stable in this title.

While a minimum of 19 FPS might be playable if those FPS are smooth, we did see some choppiness that appear as though a fairly high FPS was being dragged down by an occasional “stuck” frame on both the Intel and VIA platforms. Having noticed that, the ION platforms couldn’t achieve playable smoothness at any resolution.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • damasvara
    At last, VIA! Let the triple threat flame war begins! :lol:
  • dEAne
    VIA shouldn't stop it should move right away.
  • Ramar
    I'm interested, but I guarantee that I won't be by the time this is actually released.

    Technology seems to be the one thing in which the underdog third-party can't seem to do better. =
  • luke904
    im glad they are making a good try. I believe they will be on par (or maybe even better than an intel and ion platform) by the time the chip is manufactured at 40nm and drivers are finalized.
    D525 and ION2 is expensive combination. If VIA can deliver at price level of D400 series with ION2 or cheaper it would put good pressure on Intel.

    nVidia was late to market with GTX460, but given it's price point a lot of pressure was put on ATI.
  • firebee1991
    Very interesting. While they should take their time and not try and get into the market too quickly, I would be happy to have a third competitor to Intel and AMD. The more competition the better.
  • super_tycoon
    Oh good, Tom's did examine the performance of a d525/ion2 platform. For this, I am pleased, even if they chose relatively intense dx10 games, not oldish dx9 ones.... point being I still love my 1215n. The i3 efficiency is damning though, too bad all the optimus ultraportables are (imho) way overpriced.

    However, when the new shrunken processor arrives, I think Tom's should also include netbook-like tests. These low-energy platforms aren't meant to encode videos or apply 100 photoshop filters to a terabyte tiff. The atom was specifically built to reduce cpu overhead (it doesn't even have out-of-order execution). Maybe toss in a ulv i3 if you can scrounge one up. So ya, I'll be waiting.
  • Jarmo
    Doesn't this remind me of previous S3 GPU offerings?
    Pretty decent low end performance... if the drivers were up to the task. But they're not.
    The shipping product needs to be rock solid if Via wants to overcome the suspicion.
    5 bucks cheaper but doesn't work... is not the way.
  • sudeshc
    At least they are trying and seems like a good one. They should speed up things a bit.
  • lashton
    correct me if im wrong but i thought no intel CPU had OOO execution