Zotac NVIDIA Ion Motherboard: SFF Goodness
High Level Synthetics - SANDRA
We began our benchmark testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA XII, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2009 test suite with the Zotac Ion motherboard (CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, and the Disk Storage tests). All of the scores reported below were taken with the board's integratead N330 Atom processor running at its default clock speed of 1.6GHz, with 2GB of DDR2-800 system memory, and HyperThreading enabled.
The Zotac Ion motherboard performed almost identically to NVIDIA's reference Ion platform in our SiSoft SANDRA tests. It did fall a bit short of the reference platform in the memory bandwidth tests, but that was to be expected--the reference platform was equipped with faster DDR3 memory, the Zotac board used DDR2. The Zotac board pulled way out in front in the storage benchmarks, but that was only because we used a desktop hard drive for these tests.