Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard

CPU Performance

CPU Performance

CPU Arithmetic

The CPU arithmetic test ascertains the processor's capabilities in terms of numerical operations. Two subtests named Dhrystone and Whetstone are carried out respectively. This is not a measure of latency and thus higher is better.

The Atom D510's marginally higher core frequency allows for a slight lead over the outgoing Atom N330 model.

CPU Multimedia

The CPU Multimedia Test focuses on CPU based operations that may occur during multimedia based tasks. The magnitude of the score depends on the processor's ability to handle Integer, Float and Double data types.

Again, the updated D510 offers a very marginal but notable performance increase. It must be said that in the grand scheme of things, these scores are rather low regardless.

CPU Queen

CPU Queen is based on branch prediction and the mis-prediction penalties that are involved.

This proved to be a rather interesting benchmark as the D510 took a considerable lead over the ION ITX-F's N330 CPU. Again, both scores are very weak but perhaps some of the architectural changes are also responsible for this.

CPU Photoworxx

PhotoWorxx as the name may suggest tests processors by means of invoking functions that are common to Photo Manipulation including Fill, Flip, Crop, Rotate, Difference and Colour to B&W conversion.

This is now the second Everest benchmark to favour the Atom D510 by such margins.

CPU ZLib

This is an integer based benchmark that will test the CPU and Memory by means of the CPU ZLib compression library.

The ZLib test has presented a more sensible difference in scores between the two setups.

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20-05-2010, 09:09:47

tinytomlogan
Mul takes a look at Zotacs latest DTX motherboard, but does the extra real estate bring with it extra features and performance?

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20-05-2010, 11:31:57

Rastalovich
Great review.

All the way through it I find myself thinking about each component as "it's nearly good enough..".

The price breaks it tho. Play music, browse the net on ur tv, email and office (well an older version of office).

A step up in each component and it could be so much better. Atleast be capable of 1080 and it'd have much more use.

20-05-2010, 11:43:16

Mul.
That's exactly the problem. It had nearly all of the ingredients to make a very competent motherboard but lost out greatly in the GPU department. Given the (lack of) performance provided by the Atom CPU, multimedia tasks are largely GPU dependent. It's great to see that Intel have modernised the Atom platform but it's all too clear that this is a platform for laptops and not desktops.

Yes, you can always drop a competent GPU into the NM10-DTX but at this pricepoint you shouldn't need to. The nVidia ION that we have tried multiple times can do HD up to 1080p without breaking much of a sweat and can even do CUDA accelerated tasks such as video encoding (with apps such as Badaboom). The nVidia ION2 for the new NM10/Atom D510 platform is even better still.

Sadly, all this review has proven is that the Atom is like a fish out of water when nVidia's ION GPU isn't present. The endgame is that similar money will buy you an ION equipped motherboard.

20-05-2010, 11:48:07

Rastalovich
Indeed, just as a sidenote, I noticed 76 is all that's being asked for complete units, boxed and ready to go, that will do all that this won't.
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