Benchmark Results: Encoding Apps
The eight-minute difference between AMD’s Athlon X2 and the Atom 330 suggests that if you’re going to do transcoding work, don’t do it on your casual-computing desktop or HTPC unless you have desktop-class hardware under the hood.
One counter-argument here could be that Ion includes CUDA support as an important part of the chipset. So, if you're using Badaboom, vReveal (the CSI-style video enhancement technology), or Nero Move it, your results will actually be many times faster than CPU-only times. If you're indeed using any of those titles, be sure to check back early next week as we demonstrate some of the benefits to using the suite of titles currently optimized for Nvidia's CUDA technology.
Similarly, converting CD audio to lossy AAC takes significantly longer when Intel’s Atom processor is the component being taxed most heavily.
More of the same here, as Lame 3.98 converts the same audio CD to .mp3 format.
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!