Test Methodology: Before we jump right into the benchmark comparisons, we'd like to explain a few things about our test setup. We tested the Asus Eee Box as it came configured out of the box. Windows XP SP2 Home Edition was installed as shipped from the factory as well, so all we did was load up our benchmarking software, executed a disk clean-up and then defragged the hard drive, rebooted and ran our tests. We've provided additional benchmark reference numbers in the following pages from our recent VIA Nano L1200 articles, only as a frame of reference.
We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA XII, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA XII suite with the Asus Eee Box (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, and Memory Bandwidth). All of the scores reported below were taken with the system's default clock speeds of 1.6GHz, with 1GB of DDR2-400 system memory.
With a crazy low power consumption of just 2.5 watts, it's a wonder the Eee Box's Atom processor can even keep pace with the likes of the AMD Turion 64 ML-37 (35 watts) processor listed in the SANDRA reference numbers, but it's not too far off actually. In the SANDRA Multimedia test, you can see the Eee Box and its Atom processor is actually able to outpace the AMD Sempron 2800+ (1.6GHz), the Pentium 4 at 2GHz and the Athlon XP 1600+ (1.4GHz) -- an impressive feat to be sure. Finally, in terms of memory bandwidth, you'll note that this is not the Eee Box's strong suit but it does fall in line with a similarly configured Intel 945GMS notebook platform with PC2-4300 memory.