Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard

Multimedia & Games



Futuremark's 3DMark06 is a means of testing a system's capability as a gaming machine. It has aged a little, however remains to be an excellent benchmark for all round 3D testing.

This could well be the lowest 3DMark06 score we have ever submitted. The above graph more than adequately sums up the differences between the 9400M based ION GPU and the prehistoric rooted GMA3150. Without any hardware SM3.0 support, a number of tests could not be run and even under SM2.0 operation, the performance was just pitiful.

Adobe Flash SD - Youtube.com

Watching Flash based High Definition video is often more tasking on a system than you'd be led to believe. Without Flash Player 10.1 which enables GPU acceleration, many systems would have otherwise ground to a halt. Let's see how our test setup performs here.

Not a good start at all. While watching our preset video at a resolution of just 360p, our Dual Core Atom was churning away at a 49% CPU utilisation. Moving onwards and upwards to 480p saw another huge spike in CPU utilisation. While the video playback was very smooth, it's all too clear that the NM10 Platform is miles behind nVidia's ION.

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Using the same video we proceeded to examine CPU utilisation at 720p and 1080p. This will be fun...

Again at 720p, the NM10 System offered fluid video playback, however multitasking was beginning to suffer. Sadly, in 1080p mode the Atom CPU was near full capacity and was now unable to play the video smoothly. The results are very disappointing but sadly to be expected.

Call of Duty 4

Today, Call of Duty 4 is an ageing but popular game. Given the results delivered by the NM10-DTX thus far under Multimedia applications, it could well be a futile test but here goes nothing...

Here, we can see the nVidia ION platform taking a considerable lead, however it's quite evident that neither platform are suitable for gaming.

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Most Recent Comments

20-05-2010, 11:31:57

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.Quote

20-05-2010, 11:43:16

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.Quote

20-05-2010, 11:48:07

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.Quote

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