Giada A51 Mini PC - Giada A51 Setup and Testing

Article Index
Giada A51 Mini PC
Inside the A51
Giada A51 Specifications
Giada A51 Setup and Testing
Testing Continued
Giada Final Thoughts

Giada A51 Setup:

Our demo unit came without an OS on it, but Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed is an available option (at an additional cost).

For our demo system we threw a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate on it and found everything to run nice and smooth. For the tech savvy consumer the ability to get this unit without an OS is a nice money saving option. Chances are good you might have an extra copy of Windows kicking around from an old PC which can easily be installed and will save you a few bucks and will also let you install Windows without all the bloatware that comes on most new PC’s.

After installation of Windows 7 we threw in the provided Giada CD that came in the box and let it automatically install all of the required drivers. After a few minutes we found everything to be working great and we didn’t have any mysterious missing drivers. Installation went on without a hitch and after a few Windows updates we were ready to get onto the testing. The fact that the included CD installed everything without any assistance is a major plus in my books, it really made installation of the OS a breeze.

Giada A51 Testing:

Ok, so before we begin let’s talk about our expectations. Obviously we aren’t looking for this unit to set any performance records, we are more interested to see how the AMD Fusion CPU can keep up with some other systems we’ve tested in the past. This unit isn’t designed to break performance records, it is designed to replace your current HTPC with something a fraction of the size while not costing you an arm and a leg. If you want more CPU power, Giada does have other models that have CPU's like the Intel i5 which would give you more power (obviously those models would cost more).

 

SuperPI

SuperPI is a program that calculates Pi to 10,000 places and records how fast a CPU can do it. For this test we've put the Giada A51 (AMD T56N) up against the Samsung NB30 Netbook (our full review can be found here) which features the Intel Atom N450 CPU running at 1.66 GHz. This Atom CPU is a bit older now, but is a good comparison as to what kind of performance the Giada A51 has.

 

 

Ok, so in this test the AMD T56N blew the older Atom N450 out of the water. When I first got the Giada A51 I was kinda expecting "netbook" performance out of it, however, as you can see from the results of this test, as far as CPU power goes the AMD T56N CPU clearly is a more powerful CPU. Newer Atom CPU's should be able to easily keep up with the AMD T56N.

 

PMCore

In this next test we used PMCore to calculate 5,000 Prime numbers. This is a test that uses the CPU heavily and should be a good test to show us how the AMD T56N compares to other CPU's we've tested in the past. For this set of testing we are putting the Giada A51 up against the Samsung R580 Notebook (our full review of the R580 can be found here) that is running the Intel i5 430M @ 2.26GHz as well as the Quad-Core AMD Phenom II 940 which was overclocked up to 3.8 GHz. The Phenom II is an older CPU, but I wanted to include it since it was interesting to see how far CPU's have come over the past couple years.

As you can see the AMD T56N did pretty well in comparison to both the other CPUs we tested in the past. It's very neat to see how far CPU's have come over the past couple years as now a dual-core "low power" CPU like the AMD T56N is able to keep up with an older quad-core CPU like the Phenom II 940. Obviously there are a ton of CPU's available that could blow the AMD T56N out of the water, but overall the amount of performance that a CPU like the AMD T56N offers isn't anything to laugh at.