Vantage scores below 3000 are typically considered somewhat low if I were to be kind. Given such a systems purposes, it may not be of such a concern. Considerable gains were noted from the overclock.
Badaboom Media Encoding (CUDA)
This is where things get a little interesting. Badaboom is one of the first media encoding/decoding application that is designed to use nVidia's CUDA processing technology, found on all graphics cores featuring unified stream processing technology (GeForce 8 onwards). Our particular test involved a file conversion from .wmv to .mp4 with a target file size of circa 500mb.
We were most impressed with the speed at which the ION GPU performed the task at hand. Low CPU Utilisation of less than 25% means that it is possible to even multitask to some extent.
Folding@Home GPU2 (CUDA)
Folding@Home is a distributed computing project whereby protein folds are analysed on computers globally in order to gain further insight on illness and disease. Last year, we saw the arrival of F@H GPU processing capability with CUDA enabled graphics cards with it's GPU2 Clients.
The client does not tie any cores in the process, leaving CPU utilisation nice and low. Furthermore, our Atom CPU managed to stay out of the way, allowing for a typical "Points Per Day" score for a GeForce 8800GT. Unfortunately, we ran into some issues trying to run the client with the ION GPU and hence no results are available.
Youtube.com Flash Video
This may seem rather trivial a test but many of you would be very surprised to learn that flash based video can often run miserably slow under certain system configurations. Atom based systems were highly susceptible to this and many of the complaints of netbook users are that flash video can often kill battery life and stutter. This has since improved with the Flash 10.1 Beta Plugin, where work is now fed to the graphics card as well.
We were happy to report that both videos played without stutter. The CPU utilisation in High Definition mode is arguably high but is nowhere near causing a problem of any sort.
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