HP Mini 311 Ion-Based Netbook Review

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Futuremark PCMark Vantage & 3DMark06

We ran the Mini 311 through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric PCMark Vantage. This benchmark suite creates a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core processors. We should also note that this is the first bona fide "netbook" that we've been able to run through this battery of tests, so don't be shocked by the low numbers in comparison to these full-fledged notebooks we're being forced to put it up against. We guess it's a victory in and of itself to see a netbook even load and complete these benchmarks!

The Mini 311 performs well here. As we said earlier, most netbooks can't even handle this test, and honestly, the scores here aren't bad considering that an aging 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU is powering things. We have high hopes that Intel's next round of Atom CPUs will be more powerful, though we do appreciate the benefits of the Ion GPU. Though we can't help but wonder just how much better these scores would be if an SSD was used.

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We've just started to run 3DMark06 on netbooks, and are still compiling a new database of 3DMark 06 scores from Atom-based netbooks. Until that happens, we'll give you a look at what kind of score the Mini 311 is capable of. You'll notice that these results are significantly lower than even modern CULV systems, but given the aged hardware, it's somewhat of an accomplishment to see the Mini 311 even complete the task without artifacts or crashing entirely.

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