|MSI WindBox 6667BB-004US Barebones-PC Kit|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Dan Ferguson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 13 April 2010|
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PassMark PerformanceTest is a PC hardware benchmark utility that allows a user to quickly assess the performance of their computer and compare it to a number of standard 'baseline' computer systems. The Passmark PerformanceTest CPU tests all benchmark the mathematical operations, compression, encryption, SSE, and 3DNow! instructions of modern processors. In our tests there were several area's of concentration for each benchmark, which are combined into one compound score. This score is referred to as the CPU Mark, and is a composite of the following tests:
The 2D Mark is also a composite score based on several two dimensional graphics tests which include the following:
The 2D tests are iterated up to hundreds of times to magnify the performance through a series of operations. The final set of tests comprise the 3D Marks and are also combined into a composite score. There are three tests: Simple, Medium and Complex. The tests use an increasingly complex combination of objects, resolution, textures, lighting, and polygons.
The CPU marks from Passmark are similar as seen in both EVEREST and PCMark Vantage with the Core 2 Duo computers leading the Atom based nettops, but Passmark seems to perform better on the MSI Wind Box than on the ASRock NVIDIA setup. While the difference is small and exaggerated it is real and repeatable.
The 2D marks differ from the results seen in previous tests in which all platforms were even. This time the results mimic the scores seen in the CPU tests where the Dell Vostro leads followed by the AE2220, NVIDIA ION nettop then the MSI Wind Box. Here the raw power of a discrete graphics card becomes more apparent over the integrated chipsets.
Unlike any of the previous tests the 3D Passmark scores have the MSI Wind Box beating both the NVIDIA ION nettop and the MSI Wind Top. This is unexpected considering the previous graphics scores where the Wind Box constantly fell short. Perhaps this is an indication of where the MSI 6667BB-004US design excels. We also see the the X850 XT discrete graphics card trumps the competition in 3D graphics.