Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard

Memory & Storage Performance

 

WinRAR

 WinRAR's embedded Benchmark focuses on the processor's File Compression capability. During day to day computer usage, file decompession and compression are two very important functions. Let's see how our Atom system performs.

Given the specification of the Atom CPU, these results are satisfactory. We're also pleased to see Hyperthreading in action, offering a Multithreading speedup of just over 2.30x.

 

CinebenchR10

Cinebench is a popular image rendering benchmark. Known for it's multithreading ability, this will surely be an interesting means of testing this dual core and hyperthreading capable Atom.

Large scale image rendering is certainly not a sensible application for the Intel Atom CPU and this was quite obvious by the time it took to finish the task at hand. Regardless, it performed reasonably well and offered a stonking 2.80x computational speed-up. Again, the D510 took a reasonable lead over the ION-ITX-F's N330 CPU.

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC.

Memory Bandwidth

The Memory Bandwidth test will closely examine memory transfer rates.

The relocation of the memory controller to the CPU and the increased base frequency has resulted in an impressive performance boost over the ION ITX-F/Atom N330.

Hard Disk Performance

 

Another pleasing finding is the NM10 Chipset's competitive SATA performance. At an average Read Speed of 90.2MB/sec, it is right on par with desktop P55/H55/SB750 southbridges.

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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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