Testing Methods

As always we've aimed to test the systems in likely, real-world scenarios that integrated graphics would be used for. We manual played the games and recorded the FPS using FRAPS 3.03, preferring to use games and a 1,280 x 800 resolution likely used by HDTVs and scaled down from mainstream, widescreen TFT sizes: 19in to 21in.

For the video playback testing, we used h.264 clips, trailers and Blu-ray discs, in popular paid-for and free softwares, to measure CPU usage and power consumption in all the platforms. During these tests, the PSU listed below was replaced with a 350W Enermax Eco80 in order to represent a typical, low power and budget ATX PSU that could be paired with these PCs. We also used an Iiyama 21in FullHD (1,920 x 1,080) monitor with HDCP (over DVI) in the Blu-ray playback tests.

Dell Zino HD: Cute, Efficient, Ion-killer? Testing Methods

PCs Tested:

    Dell Inspiron Zino HD

    • AMD Athlon 3250e (2x 1.5GHz, 2 core, 2 thread)
    • 2GB DDR2 800MHz SPD (6-6-6-X)
    • ATI Radeon HD 4330 512MB
    • Dell 780G Motherboard


    • ATI Radeon HD 5450 512MB
    • AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition: 3.1GHz (15.5x200MHz), 2 core, 2 thread.
    • 4GB DDR3 1,333MHz SPD settings
    • MSI 785G-E65 with 128MB 1,333MHz GDDR3 Sideport Memory (500MHz Radeon HD 4200 IGP, 2.4 BIOS)


    • Intel Core i3-530: 2.93GHz (22x133MHz), 733MHz Intel GMA HD IGP, 2 core, 4 thread.
    • 4GB DDR3 1,333MHz SPD settings
    • Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H motherboard (F5m BIOS)

    Nvidia Ion (ASRock ION 330HT-BD Net-top)

    • Intel Atom D330 (12x133MHz), 2 core, 4 thread.
    • 2GB DDR2 800MHz at SPD settings (5-5-5-18)
    • ASRock Ion Motherboard

Common Components

  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB hard disk
  • PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU
  • Windows 7 Home Premium x64
  • Intel WHQL
  • GeForce Driver 196.21 WHQL
  • Nvidia System Drivers 15.51 WHQL
  • ATI Catalyst 9.12 WHQL
  • ATI Catalyst 8.69 RC3 (Radeon HD 5450, Jan 14th)

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