|Intel BOXD945GCLF2D Atom 330 mITX Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 15 July 2009|
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Performance Test Results
The first test we conducted was the PassMark CPU test. This gives the system an overall score based on eight tests made to push the CPU to it's limits.
As you can see above, the Atom 330/Intel D945GCLF2D machine fared very well agains the Athlon 64 machine and even outperformed the Pentium 4. This shows that pure CPU power is very close to that of a Pentium 4 laptop, proving that Atom could perform the same functions just as well.
The next test is the Everest Home Edition benchmark. This benchmark gives a good overview of the machine's ability to read and write to memory, and the latency, or the delay between the time the command is given until the machine begins processing it.
The Atom 330 lagged behind the laptops a little on read test, but made up for it by nearly doubling the Pentium 4 in write test. Overall, the test shows the Atom's suitability to the common tasks performed by the laptops.
The Atom machine disappoints a little in the latency, but remember, this is measured in nanoseconds, so the difference between the Atom and the two laptops is actually unnoticeable without the use of these tests.
Next we use SiSoftware SANDRA to compare the Arithmetic, Multi-Media, and Cryptographic Processes of the systems.
Again in these tests, the Atom 330/Intel D945GCLF2D squeezes ahead of last generation's laptops. Not bad for a machine intended to cost under $300.
The multi-media scores show the Atom pulling ahead of the competition even further. It looks like I may be replacing my HTPC laptop after all.
And finally, the cryptography scores further solidify the lead that the Atom 330 processor has built over the two laptops. I have been using the Athlon FX laptop as my HTPC, and it has performed outstandingly. Now I can see that the Atom 330 would make quite a feasible upgrade.