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GIGABYTE GA-GC330UD Mini-ITX - Dual Core Atom Tested - Test System Setup and Memory Performance

Ultra low power from Intel gets a boost. Atom is strong, but will a second core help? With the use of GIGABYTE's GA-GC330UD, let's find out.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 31, 2009 7:16 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Test System

 

Intel Atom 230 and 330 Test System

 

Memory: 1x 2GB DDR2-1200 G.Skill (Supplied by Corsair)
Hard Disk: Intel X25-M 80GB SSD (Supplied by Intel)
Graphics Card: Integrated Graphics Processor 945G
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter
Drivers: Windows Default Drivers

 


VIA Nano Test System

 

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-800 A-DATA
Hard Disk: Intel X25-M 80GB SSD (Supplied by Intel)
Graphics Card: Integrated Graphics Processor Chrome9
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter
Drivers: Windows Default Drivers

 


Today we are not only just reviewing this board, but also doing some platform tests to see just who has the better low power/low cost option here. First we have the older GIGABYTE GA-GC230UD based around the 1.6GHz single core Atom. We've also included the 1.8GHz clocked VIA Nano and of course our new GA-GC330UD dual core Atom, clocked again at 1.6GHz.

 

The two Atom platforms are pretty well matched with the same memory and GPU. The Nano has an advantage with a better GPU and dual channel memory. Let's see just what happens, shall we?

 


EVEREST Ultimate Edition

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2006
Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com
Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com
Buy It Here

 


 

EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems.

 

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Starting as we normally do with EVEREST, we see that the two Atom platforms perform almost identically. Despite a second core on the 330, the single channel memory and IGP sucking system memory for its frame buffer means that the performance is pretty lackluster.

 

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