|ASRock Core-100HT Intel i3-330M HTPC|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 01 July 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:
Taken together as a whole, the eight separate CPU tests offers a very realistic segment of what taxes the processor most for users. These tests are grossly exaggerated synthetic benchmarks, but they can still help illustrate the difference between similar hardware.
TEST SUMMARY: Collectively speaking, Passmark PerformanceTest simply reinforces the scores we previously explained in the EVEREST test results section. The dual-core 1.6GHz Atom 330 (ASRock ION 330) and 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU4100 (HP Pavilion DM3-1044NR) try their best, but don't stand up to Intel's latest Core i3-330M processor series in the CPU tests. While 2D graphics relies heavily on processing power, and therefore relegates the higher-performing CPUs to lead the charts, 3D Graphics testing was different. Dependent on GPU power, both integrated Intel GPUs failed one of the test in the 3D Graphics benchmark, stating 'video card must support at least 4x anti-aliasing'. Despite having a reduced score, the ASRock Core 100HT HTPC and HP Pavilion DM3-1044NR notebook both still outperform the NVIDIA ION graphics processor.