Benchmark Results: Synthetics
Right away we see the limitations of Atom in a desktop environment. Across the board, AMD’s mainstream desktop dual-core chip puts a significant lead over Intel’s 8W netbook processor.
The roles reverse, as 3DMark puts its emphasis squarely on 3D performance. With this synthetic taking Intel’s Atom processor out of the picture to the best of its ability, Nvidia’s graphics technology overtakes AMD’s aging Radeon HD 3200-class GPU in the suite and GPU scores. Dropping down to the CPU chart reveals the extent to which the Athlon X2 is quicker.
In all three of our Sandra benchmarks, which tax the arithmetic and multi-media capabilities of the host processors, AMD’s dual-core Athlon X2 comes out ahead. And while both platforms employ dual-channel DDR2 memory controllers, AMD’s integrated logic (supporting DDR2-1066) pushes quite a bit more data than the Atom/IGP combination.
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.
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.
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.
The difference between 9300 and 9400 is clock speed. This one is slower than the 9300, even.
Thanks sub: fixed!