ASRock ION 330 NetTop - Benchmarking Continued...

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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

SiSoft Performance:

For our memory benchmarks this time around we stuck with SiSoft Sandra.  This benchmark shows theoretical performance of memory and this is about as close as you can get when comparing across multiple platforms.  Things such as motherboards, CPU Speed, bus speed and more play a huge role in memory performance so these comparison numbers will have to do.  You'll notice that these bandwidth numbers look a little pathetic when compared to Core i7 stuff - but oddly they are similar to AMD Athlon 64 3500+ performance.

 SiSoft Memory Bandwidth
SiSoft Memory Bandwidth
SiSoft CPU Arithmetic
SiSoft CPU Arithmetic
SiSoft CPU Multimedia
SiSoft CPU Multimedia

 

The CPU Arithmetic and Multimedia scores look pretty dismal if you run SiSoft Sandra on your own machine for comparison.  With that being said, they are much better than other dual-core Atom processors and even better than some CULV processors from Intel.

 

Quick & Dirty CPU Benchmark - PMCore:

As we wrap up this part of the benchmarking - before we get into some gaming, we have a look at PMCore (a synthetic benchmark).  This benchmark is largely CPU related, and we'll see that the Atom processor really gets beat like a bad dog when it comes to real calculations and actual CPU work.

 PMCore

We actually used the overclocked performance results to compare stock results in this test and we see that even when overclocked, the performance is pathetically slow.  The Alienware M17 did the same test in 36.3 seconds for multi-threaded performance and 71.6 seconds when running single thread.  Compare that to the 232.6 seconds for multi-thread and almost 700 seconds for single-threaded performance.  The Atom tanks when required to pull its weight.

 



3DMark Performance:

As we carry on into the gaming side of things, we start off with a couple of tried-and-true benchmarks; 3DMark 06 and 3DMark Vantage.  We used the default benchmark settings for both.  This gives a balanced score and stresses both the graphics and CPU systems on the notebook.  While higher quality and resolution tests may be interesting, we don't have any other relative data to compare to and these numbers wouldn't mean much to most people.  If you want to see how your nettop compares, please head on over to FutureMark, download these benchmarks and post your results and system specs at the "Comments" link below.  3DMark Vantage was ran using the "Performance" and "Entry" pre-configured settings.

 3DMark 06
3DMark 06
 3DMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage

 

While the ASRock ION is certainly not a gaming machine, it ran these benchmarks without error and generated a score - albeit a low one.  This doesn't paint the whole picture though and I decided to install Call of Duty 4 on the machine and play around with it for a bit.  In the end I was able to run most maps at 1024x768 at medium-low detail anywhere from 18-58FPS.  I'd hate to play online with this machine, but it could get the job done if you were desperate.

On the last page we'll take a look at HD Video playback and cover some thoughts on power consumption and more.