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Written by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 03 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PC
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: MSI Wind Top
AE2220-25SUS Detailed Features
Testing and Results
PCMark Vantage Results
EVEREST CPU Benchmarks
Passmark PerformanceTest
CINEBENCH Test Results
Hands-On User Experience
AE2220 Gaming Performance
Wind Top Final Thoughts
MSI AE2220 Conclusion

PCMark Vantage Results

PCMark Vantage is an objective hardware performance benchmark tool for PCs running 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista/7 PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs. Benchmark Reviews has decided to use a few select tests from this suite to compare the MSI Net Top AE2220 to other systems in this article. Our tests were conducted on Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit Edition.

It's important to note that PCMark Vantage utilizes the primary drive (HDD/SSD) for all benchmarks regardless category tested (such as TV/Movies and Gaming). Benchmark Reviews used test categories with the least amount of unwanted hardware dependences, and a common primary drive (OCZ Vertex EX SLC SSD) for all test systems except for the MSI AE2220 which remained stock with a much lower-performing hard drive. The results of these tests should considered relative.

TV and Movies Suite

The tests in the TV and Movies Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista TV and Movies Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common TV and Movies usage. The TV and Movies Suite gives a separate PCMark TV and Movies Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. TV and Movies Suite include the following tests:

  • Two simultaneous threads
  • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
  • Video playback: HD DVD w/ additional lower bitrate HD content from HDD, as downloaded from net
  • Two simultaneous threads
  • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
  • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 19.39 Mbps terrestrial HDTV playback
  • HDD Media Center
  • Video transcoding: media server archive to portable device
  • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 48 Mbps Blu-ray playback

Gaming Suite

The tests in the Gaming Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Gaming Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Gaming usage. The Gaming Suite gives a separate PCMark Gaming Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. Gaming Suite includes the following tests:

  • GPU game test
  • HDD: game HDD
  • Two simultaneous threads
  • CPU game test
  • Data decompression: level loading
  • Three simultaneous threads
  • GPU game test
  • CPU game test
  • HDD: game HDD

It's unfortunate that PCMark Vantage factors hard drive performance into the score for all of the test categories, even the TV/Moves and Gaming test suites. If MSI's AE2220 offered a service entry for the removal of the included WD 500GB hard drive, we could have used the same SSD that was used in all of the other systems. Nevertheless, by analyzing the results above it doesn't appear that using a hard drive reduced performance.

In the PCMark Vantage TV and Movies benchmark tests, the MSI Wind Top AE2220 (2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 Dual-Core) performed at the very top of our results with 2640 points, outperforming a powerful Intel i945GM-based Toshiba Satellite P105 (1.73GHz Intel Core Duo T2250 Dual-Core) that scored 2076 and Dell Inspiron 6400 (1.66GHz Intel Core Duo T2300 Dual-Core) notebook with 2080 points. ASRock's NVIDIA ION nettop offered 1629 points while the ASUS Eee PC, which is also re-packaged and sold as the ASUS Eee Top, failed this test because it cannot display at the 1024x768 resolution required by PCMark Vantage (640x480 was the best it offered).

Gaming performance was a different story, and results swayed in favor of the MSI AE2010 which earned a score of 3223 by using the ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU. Following closely behind was the NVIDIA ION system, which uses the GeForce 9400M (ION) GPU to score 2785 for second place. The MSI AE2220 shares the ION platform, but uses an NVIDIA GeForce 9300 good for 2609 points. A rather weak Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (which is not a DirectX 10 compatible hardware component) reduced performance results on the Toshiba P105, Dell 6400, and ASUS Eee PC systems. The Toshiba P105 earned 1630 points while the Dell Inspiron 6400 scored 1666 points. Both notebooks earn credit for trying... since the ASUS Eee PC cannot run the test because of undersized screen resolution. Resolution not withstanding, an ASUS Eee Top 1000HE would perform similar to the Toshiba and Dell notebooks, as it is based on the same GMA-950 graphics accelerator.

While Benchmark Reviews recognizes that a D-Sub monitor capable of 1024x768 could have been attached to the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE, and the PCMark Vantage tests completed, we would no longer be testing the Eee PC Netbook. Even if a monitor was connected, we suspect that the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE would have produced a score similar (albeit lower) to the Toshiba P105/Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook computers.

PCMark Vantage Test Summary

While the MSI AE2220 brings an extremely-capable Intel T6600 processor to the table that dominates the entire portable computing segment, it forces MSI to use either an Intel GMA-950 or NVIDIA ION option for graphics. The NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GPU used in the AE2220 ranks behind the onboard ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU that Benchmark Reviews tested in the older Wind-Top AE2010, and it performs just behind the 9400M that comes with ION-330 systems, but it's still far more than most users will need for light gaming and Blu-Ray Disc playback.


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