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Intel Atom vs. VIA Nano Platform Comparo (Page 5)

By Cameron Johnson from Aug 10, 2008 @ 23:00 CDT
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Test System

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1186MHz Geil (Supplied by Geil) and 1x 2GB DDR2 Generic

Hard Disk: 500GB Western Digital SE16 (Supplied by Western Digital)

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE) and IGPs

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista SP1

Drivers: Intel INF Beta, VIA Hyperion, Forceware 175.16

Today's tests consist of two different setups. First off, we have our Atom test bed using a single 2GB generic 800MHz memory module. Next, we have the VIA Nano running 2x1GB modules in dual channel to make up the same 2GB.

All systems were tested with the IGPs running the maximum amount of system memory to the IGP. And just for fun, we threw the 9800 GX2 on the Nano platform to see what it is capable of.

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Intel Atom vs. VIA Nano Platforms

Intel Atom vs. VIA Nano Platforms

Starting on memory performance, we get a look at just how well the Atom and Nano process memory bandwidth. VIA's dual channel approach allows it to get quite a bit more memory bandwidth than Atom which is stuck using single channel. This can be rectified by Intel allowing the second channel on the 945GM chipset. However, this isn't going to happen any time soon.

Using the discrete graphics option on the Nano allows for better memory performance, as all the memory is available for CPU usage and isn't being shared with the IGP.

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