|MSI Wind-Top AE2220 1080p All-In-One PC|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 03 January 2010|
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EVEREST CPU Benchmarks
Lavalys EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems. Furthermore, complete software, operating system and security information makes EVEREST Ultimate Edition a comprehensive system diagnostics tool that offers a total of 100 pages of information about your PC.
All of the benchmarks used in our test bed: Queen, Photoworxx, ZLib, and AES, all rely on basic x86 instructions, and consume very low system memory while also being aware of HyperThreading, multi-processors, and multi-core processors. While the EVEREST CPU tests really only compare the processor performance more than it measures platforms, it still offers a glimpse into what kind of power each platform possesses.
Queen and Photoworxx tests are synthetic benchmarks that operate the function many times over and over-exaggerate by several magnitudes what the real-world performance would be like. The Queen benchmark focuses on the branch prediction capabilities and misprediction penalties of the CPU. It does this by finding possible solutions to the classic queen problem on a chessboard. At the same clock speed theoretically the processor with the shorter pipeline and smaller misprediction penalties will attain higher benchmark scores.
Computers are often measured and compared by the processor more than any other component. MSI's Wind Top AE2220 offers a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 dual-core CPU that clearly swept the Queen and PhotoWorxx benchmarks. Next was the similarly-equipped Intel i945GM-based Toshiba Satellite P105 with a 1.73GHz Intel Core Duo T2250. Coming in for a close third is the Dell Inspiron 6400 with a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo 2300, followed by the older MSI Wind Top AE2010 that kept pace with a 1.5GHz AMD Athlon X2 3250e processor. The ASRock ION-330 nettop (identical to Zotac N330 kits) uses a NVIDIA ION's 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N330 dual-core processor that earned high marks in Queen but lagged way behind in PhotoWorxx.
Like the Queen benchmark, the Photoworxx tests for penalties against pipeline architecture. The synthetic Photoworxx benchmark stresses the integer arithmetic and multiplication execution units of the CPU and also the memory subsystem. Due to the fact that this test performs high memory read/write traffic, it cannot effectively scale in situations where more than two processing threads are used. The EVEREST Photoworxx benchmark performs the following tasks on a very large RGB image:
The Zip Library test measures combined CPU and memory subsystem performance through the public ZLib compression library. ZLib is designed as a free lossless data compression library for use on virtually any computer hardware and operating system. The ZLib data format is itself portable across platforms and has a footprint independent of input data that can be reduced at some cost in compression. The Dell Inspiron's Intel Core Duo 2300 rendered a score of 19766 and performed 15% better than the MSI AE2010 which produced 17071, and 17% above the ION's N330 CPU with 16845. The Eee PC's Atom N280 scored only 8004 in the CPU Zip Library test to seat itself in last place.
The AES integer benchmark measures CPU performance using AES data encryption. It utilizes Vincent Rijmen, Antoon Bosselaers and Paulo Barreto's public domain C code in ECB mode and consumes 48 MB of memory.
The MSI Wind Top AE2220 offered the highest Zip Library and AES performance, and results for the other systems mirrored the previous tests. The Toshiba Satellite P105 and Dell Inspiron 6400 both scored high marks, followed by the AE2010 and NVIDIA ION-330. The Eee PC's N280 offered the lowest performance scores for a distant last place finish.
EVEREST Test Summary
MSI's Wind-Top AE2220 offers one of the most powerful mobile processor you'll find in a compact nettop or netbook system, and the 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 CPU proves itself a top-contender against our comparison test computers. If the task is compute related, the Wind Top AE2220 has certainly bridged the gap between desktop processors and mobile expectations.