Preview: VIA VN1000 And Nano DC Platform: An IGP With Game?

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

We’ve already seen that low-energy platforms are suitable to only very few games, yet VIA’s gaming claims made us add 3DMark to the suite.

Unfortunately, no integrated solution is fully capable of reaching a normal score in 3DMark’s default Performance setting, so we had to drop to its Entry preset to achieve consistent results. The ION 2 edges out the Nano DC in spite of its general mediocrity.

A slightly more powerful CPU gives the Nano DC a small lead in PCMark.

Sandra’s CPU tests give us a more accurate representation of the Nano DC’s low-energy performance superiority.

Only the desktop-based platform is dual-channel capable, yet a closer look reveals that all three low-energy platforms had trouble using the bandwidth available via single-channel mode.

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  • gofasterstripes
    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
    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
    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
    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
    A Via + Nvidia compliation would be ideal. Via Nano DC + Nvidia Tegra or ION. Now we will see serious action.
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