Benchmark Results: Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2 is a great game with a huge multi-player following, and we want to see if these nettops can handle playing it, since the game doesn't apply a heavy graphics load compared to other modern titles.
Once again, ASRock’s entry delivers great performance all the way up to 1080p, while the other options are less impressive. Zotac’s Zbox and Arctic Cooling’s MC001-BD might be considered passable at 720p and below, but Giada’s i50 is out of the running entirely.
They are small form factor PCs or home theatre PCs, but they are not nettops.
btw: Mac mini should be in this lineup.
Mac Mini should be in this lineup? Actually, a good idea. I'd love to see how it compares to similar Wintel boxes.
I'm through with these small boxes because they're a pain in the a$$ to service and the hardware isn't good for the price ($800?! gimme a break!), but I see value in them for people who are ready to pay more for the small size.
If I would build a small form-factor box myself, I'd use something like this new Lian Li case which was in Tom's news recently - it can fit proper PCI/PCI-E cards.
Again, lovely article. Keep it up.
P.S. The ASRock box is great.