VIA Nano Dual-Core Preview

November 2, 2010 | 11:48

Tags: #1080p #benchmarks #cpu #dual-core #isaiah #low-power-hardware #nano #performance #platform #result #review

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Media Benchmarks

Download from: bit-tech.net

We have developed our own suite of benchmarks using real-world and open source applications to simulate how PCs are actually used. The suite comprises an image editing test using Gimp, a video encoding test using Handbrake and a multi-tasking test using 7-Zip to archive and encrypt a large batch of files while a HD movie plays in mplayer.

A score of 1,000 means that the test system is as fast as our reference PC, which used a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 at stock speed, 2GB of Corsair 1,066MHz DDR2 memory, a 250GB Samsung SpinPoint P120S hard disk and an Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard. The scoring is linear, so a system scoring 1,200 points is 20 per cent faster than our reference system. Equally, a system scoring 1,200 is 4 per cent faster than a system scoring 1,150.

GIMP Image Editing

Website: GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
Far from being some kind of pr0n-filtering tool, Gimp is an open source image editing application - Gimp is an acronym of GNU Image Manipulation Program. Our test simulates how well a PC can manipulate a collection of large digital photos, and to achieve a low time requires a PC with a powerful CPU, plenty of quick memory and efficient hard disk drive access.

GIMP Image Editing

Media Benchmarks

  • Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
  • VIA Nano 'Dual-Core'
  • AMD V Series V105
  • VIA Nano U2500
  • Intel Atom D330
  • 467
  • 434
  • 379
  • 194
  • 193
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Handbrake H.264 Encoding

Website: HandBrake
We use the open-source, GPL-licensed, multi-platform, multi-threaded video encoder Handbrake to encode a HD video using the H.264 codec. This primarily tests multi-threaded CPU and memory subsystem performance.

Handbrake h.264 Video Encoding

Media Benchmarks

  • Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
  • VIA Nano 'Dual-Core'
  • Intel Atom D330
  • AMD V Series V105
  • VIA Nano U2500
  • 532
  • 467
  • 359
  • 275
  • 193
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Multi-tasking Performance

Website: MPC-HC
Website: 7-Zip
Multi-tasking is a phrase that we're all familiar with, because most of us are now used to running multiple applications at the same time. However, to run multiple applications well you need a powerful (ideally multi-core) CPU and plenty of RAM.

Our multi-tasking test performs a massive file backup (with encryption) using 7-Zip, while simultaneously playing back a HD movie file using mplayer, making it a demanding test for any PC.

Multi-tasking Test

Media Benchmarks

  • VIA Nano Dual-Core
  • AMD V Series V105
  • Intel Atom D330
  • Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
  • VIA Nano U2500
  • 304
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
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Result

The VIA Nano Dual-Core was actually the only platform tested that could successfully complete our multi-tasking benchmark, with a score of 304, taking 615 seconds to complete the task. All the single-core hardware was unable to do both tasks at once, while the Intel 'CULV' GMA 4500MHD graphics driver was incompatible with Mplayer and unable to perform the test.
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