Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
None of these nettops were designed for gaming, but we still want to know their limitations, and whether or not casual gaming is even a possibility. We've added results gathered from testing an Atom D525 nettop equipped with Nvidia's second-gen Ion chipset, originally generated for our Low-Power Gaming: AMD's E-350 Vs. Intel Atom D525 And Ion 2 article.
Let’s start with StarCraft II:
This CPU-limited game is only viable on ASRock’s CoreHT 252B; none of the other solutions can deliver a playable minimum frame rate.
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.