Zotac NVIDIA Ion Motherboard: SFF Goodness

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PCMark Vantage Performance

We also ran the Zotac Ion motherboard through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric built specifically for Windows Vista, PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage sets up 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.  Most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, so the tests can exploit the additional resources offered by the board's dual core Atom N330 processor and its HT feature. Here we're comparing the Zotac Ion to both an Intel Atom reference platform on an Intel D945GCLF motherboard, the NVIDIA Ion reference platform, the Aspire Revo, and the VIA Nano reference platform as well.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance

Thanks to its dual-core processor and the fast hard drive we used to build up the test system based on the Zotac Ion, it pulls well ahead of the other Atom based systems in our PCMark Vantage tests. If these results tell you anything, it's that the Ion platform benefits greatly from a fast storage sub-system. SSDs anyone?

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