Zotac H55-ITX Review

CPU Performance

 

CPU Performance

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.

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 Core i3 530 performs very well in the CPU Arithmetic test pulling considerably ahead of it's Core 2 Duo predecessors. The overclock has exhibited a clear 10% performance increase, which is near enough in line with the increase in CPU frequency.

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.

Once again the Core i3 530 is performing as it should. Scores in this range suggest that the processor in question is a strong performer.


CPU Queen

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

Like in the SiSoft Sandra suite, the Core i3 holds up very well against it's predecessors.


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.

The 17MHz FSB bump represents a proportional performance increase. Both scores suggest that the CPU is of a respectable calibre.

CPU ZLib

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

The CPU ZLib benchmark also identifies the Core i3's strengths. Once again, a sizable increase is seen by the overclock.

 WinRAR

 WinRAR's embedded Benchmark focuses on the processor's File Compression capability.


Thus far, the Zotac H55-ITX WIFI has shown little sign of holding back our Core i3 530 Processor. Next, we'll examine Memory and SATA Hard Disk Drive performance.

 

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Most Recent Comments

07-04-2010, 05:11:13

Diablo
Really nice looking board. I love the mini itx form factor, but am always stumped by fitting a graphics chip as the powersuplies aren't built to take them. This one looks very good for a media PC, or for a mini gaming box.

With the GMAHD from the CPU, will it handle basic media duties like bluray as its 9300 predessecor would?Quote

07-04-2010, 05:39:27

Santa-san
Looks pretty good! Quote

07-04-2010, 08:10:34

Athan
Nice review. However you didn't mention anything about board's limitations like the confirmed by Zotac incompatibility with any PCI-E device except a graphics card. So useful add-ons like TV-tuners cannot be used with this motherboard.

Other known issues are lack of turbo boost support on first production batch and waking from S3 problems with most PCI-E video cards. So far all these issues remain unfixed.Quote

07-04-2010, 09:34:10

Mul.
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Diablo'
Really nice looking board. I love the mini itx form factor, but am always stumped by fitting a graphics chip as the powersuplies aren't built to take them. This one looks very good for a media PC, or for a mini gaming box.

With the GMAHD from the CPU, will it handle basic media duties like bluray as its 9300 predessecor would?
Hi Diablo!

I've found the Core i3/i5's Integrated GMA to be a considerable step up from predecessors such as the GMA950. Performance wise, it is most certainly up there with the GeForce 9300 and Radeon HD 4200 and should not really struggle with HD Video.Quote

07-04-2010, 10:31:28

Diablo
That's good to know. It would certainly make life easier not having to find a suibtable, low power GPU, finding a way to power it and cool it etc.

If I were going to do an HTPC build (not on the cards right now thanks to my debit cards just melting) that's certainly good news.Quote
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