Benchmark Results: Gaming
The contrast between synthetic 3D tests and real-world gaming becomes apparent here, as the Ion machine is clearly CPU-limited in our Left 4 Dead benchmark (look back to the 3DMark tests and it becomes clear that, at least in theory, Nvidia’s graphics processor is stronger than AMD’s).
The point is hammered home even harder in World of Warcraft, where the Ion platform gets stuck at 50 fps. We were forced to use a slightly lower resolution on the AMD platform as a result of resolution supprt differencesin each company's driver, but the exercise is largely academic at this point—the 780G-based machine is limited by its GPU, while the Ion setup could use a faster CPU.
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Granted, we could have done significantly better in the power department had we been a little choosier with our CPU. The Athlon X2 7850 was attractive due to its $69 price tag, 2.8 GHz clock speed, and unlocked multiplier, but its Kuma core is still rated at 95 W. You can dip down to the $60 Athlon X2 5050e (running at 2.8 GHz as well) and cut your maximum TDP down to 45W for $10 less.
If you knew you could have done better with a 45W not a 95W processor .. what gives? The supplier didn't have it in stock or why go for the obvious power monster?
On a different note, I'm looking forward to the transcoding article.
Everyone down-rates the first post which is posted by the author of the article. I'm not sure if anyone has noticed that yet because I see every author's first post down-rated many times.Reply
I thought the ION platform used the Geforce 9400 and not the 9300?Reply
Here’s the short of it. When it comes to running multiple apps at the same time, compressing/decompressing large archives, and yes, even trasncodingJust wanted to help: transcoding
Does anyone know if this system can play Hulu videos?Reply
I almost wish you hadn't even tried playing games on it, but I suppose you needed some sort of comparison for the performance of the ION chipset.Reply
How many people will use this as a satellite PC in their homes, and what ever happened to Windows Home Server? I would think you let your central PC/server handle the computing and just use this guy as a remote terminal to stream media to.
I'm looking for a low power system like this... my old father leaves his p4 system on ALL the time, and wonder why his electric bill is so high :-\Reply
I love that they mentioned the GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi board at the end of the review. I used that board with an e7400, 4GB corsair, a low profile 9800 GT, a 320GB 7200RPM 2.5 inch drive, and an Antec 380 watt PSU. The reason I love it so much is three-fold.Reply
First, I put all of the above mentioned components and put them into the case from the original Xbox (while maintaning totally stock appearances except for the back.
Second, the board boots lightning fast, and is a pleasure to work with.
Third, before we put the 9800GT into the build, using the same 9300 chipset as the Ion platform, we were running HL2 on max settings at 1680x1050 resolution (except with only 2x AA) and getting 35-45 FPS. We also played Halo 2 on medium settings and that played very well also. Obviously, after the 9800 was added, the computer flies. That just goes to show you that the Atom really is what is holding back the capabilities of the 9300 chipset.
All of this was accomplished with about $500, so it is a good budget computer that is inside of an Xbox. My i7 system has nothing on the "coolness" factor of this computer.
teeth_03I thought the ION platform used the Geforce 9400 and not the 9300?Reply
The difference between 9300 and 9400 is clock speed. This one is slower than the 9300, even.
subliferJust wanted to help: transcodingReply
Thanks sub: fixed!