ASRock ION 330 NetTop - Subsystem Tests and More

Article Index
ASRock ION 330 NetTop
Features and Specifications
Closer Look in the NetTop
Installation, Setup and Info.
Subsystem Tests and More
Benchmarking Continued...
HD Video and Final Thoughts

Subsystem Tests - Audio:

ASRock uses the VIA VT1708S audio codec for "High Definition" audio .  As you can see with all of the results below although the sound quality is labeled as "HD", you can see that the quality is not "high quality".  It claims 100dB SNR DACs and compatibility with Intel's High Definition audio.  Even though it is capable of 192kHz audio, it doesn't do it that well.  The truth is that most people won't hear the difference when plugged into a $50 pair of speakers or $15 headphones, but for those of you that care about audio quality on the integrated audio, RightMark Audio Analyzer results are below.  We tested a few different bit and sampling rates and have posted the chart below for your viewing pleasure.



Subsystem Tests - Network:

One area that we continue testing is network performance.  It is easy for a company to claim great networking features as many users never test them out and are puzzled when they can only transfer files at a mere 250Mbit/sec on their 1000Mbit/sec NIC.  We use iPerf for testing network performance.



As you can see, iPerf shows that the NVIDIA based NIC has what it takes to compete with desktop solutions as well.  During testing we measured CPU performance at 12% during the single-threaded test and 18% during the multi-threaded test.  This is very good CPU utilization for a little box like this.


Synthetic Performance:

As we keep thing rolling we'll take a look at PCMark Vantage numbers.  We just ran this test at stock speeds and aren't including any other system for reference, as all other systems we've tested are more mainstream, and not of the nettop/netbook variety.

PCMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage


The performance isn't all that impressive, as the overall PCMarks of an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 system score around 6800, but at 1833, it shows that it is capable, although not speedy at completing all of these Synthetic tasks.