Benchmark Results: Productivity
Regardless of whether your system serves as a desktop workstation or kitchen kiosk, you want to run regular anti-virus scans to make sure it’s still healthy. In this scan of a 334 MB folder of files, the Ion takes more than twice as long to complete the job. That’s significant because AVG takes advantage of both cores plus Hyper-Threading, yet the dual-core Athlon still comes out on top.
WinZip 12 isn’t able to take advantage of multiple threads, so the Athlon’s dominance here isn’t a surprise.
WinRAR, on the other hand, is able to utilize Hyper-Threading and, as a result, turns back a slightly better performance versus the Athlon than what we saw in WinZip.
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!