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Benchmark Results: Productivity

Preview: VIA VN1000 And Nano DC Platform: An IGP With Game?
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It's been a long time since we've previewed a VIA chipset. And yet, here we are with an S3-based DX10 GPU that VIA claims is ready for gaming. How does the VN1000 compare to Intel's Atom and Nvidia's ION? Is it strong enough to ward off Core i3?

VIA considers its Nano DC to be suitable in traditional desktop computing roles--a task that is already being addressed by other low-power platforms. While the performance might not appeal to power users, we’ve already seen lesser hardware being used in some offices.

The 1.80 GHz Nano DC edges out Intel’s 1.80 GHz Atom in Photoshop, as presented in the ION 2 platform. While the Core i3 appears far more suitable for photo editing, our threaded filters are far more elaborate that those used by most office workers.

Nobody would intentionally run production software on a low-energy PC, yet the Nano DC does a far better job that its Atom-based rivals.

Virus scanning is probably the most strenuous task most PCs are forced to deal with, and the Nano isn’t very good at it. Then again, neither are its Atom-based rivals.

File compression is a normal office function, and it’s one that’s not well-accomplished by low-energy platforms. We imagine that many office workers will spend over a minute waiting for smaller folders to be compressed, and doing so several times a day could be a major productivity killer.

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    gofasterstripes , 2 November 2010 15:29
    Good to see someone taking the fight to Intel. Very cool if it's faster clock-for-clock than Atom. I use a single core Atom Netbook sometimes and TBH it's fine for web use, light office use and watching the odd saved movie. My i7 Desktop is monstrous overkill for most of the real work it does, even running a translation package in Office 2007.

    Therefore, surely if this platform is the middle ground, and from VIA, and dare I say it affordable [how much does it cost anyway?], then bloomin' good luck to them. Hope business customers, and low power system builders buy them and keep VIA in the running.

    However, is Bobcat going to hang them all out to dry?
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    daglesj , 5 November 2010 18:04
    Am I the only one that shivers or feels their heart sink at the mention of the words "VIA chipset"?

    Sorry VIA but you just failed way too often in the past with flakey USB chipsets, bad motherboard config issues and the like to really trust again.

    If you cant get a USB chipset right then what can you do?
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    anthonyla65 , 6 November 2010 03:15
    daglesjAm I the only one that shivers or feels their heart sink at the mention of the words "VIA chipset"?Sorry VIA but you just failed way too often in the past with flakey USB chipsets, bad motherboard config issues and the like to really trust again.If you cant get a USB chipset right then what can you do?

    I personally own 2x P4M900 Via chipset boards and I would say its rock stable. Also it doesn't allow boot from USB drives but I was able to pull off a 33% overclock on my E5400 from 2.7Ghz to 3.6Ghz.

    You're missing the point, its good to see competition. More choices for customers like us and competetion = cheaper products. Personally I would like to see Via crank up their CPU to like 3GHz and move onto 32nm and then pwn the i3? It wasn't far off despite being clocked 1.2Ghz slower than the i3. But it ain't happening, Via come out with good products but they never get into the market. Say the S3 Chrome 540 and Nano, it was good but it never made it to the actual market. I would love to see a Via Nano netbook.
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    daglesj , 6 November 2010 06:49
    Yeah but its too late. Too many of us got burnt with VIA KT7 boards back around the turn of the century. Those USB ports that couldnt push enough voltage, the old soundcard/PCI slot switcheroo lottery.

    No thanks. VIA are a spent force. Time to sell their CPU licence to someone who can make better use of it.
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    anthonyla65 , 7 November 2010 06:14
    A Via + Nvidia compliation would be ideal. Via Nano DC + Nvidia Tegra or ION. Now we will see serious action.