Date: December 13th, 2002
Article by: Burt Carver (Hardware
Reviewer & Newsposter)
Product was donated by: VIA Technologies
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Let me start by stating this:
These benchmarks have no bearing on the boards overall
I am sure that some people who live their lives hoping
to squeak another 50 points out of 3dmark might take offense to that
statement. Let them. This board is not designed for the overclocking
/ bleeding edge buyer. This board, in my opinion, is a niche
product that blurs the line between computer and consumer electronics.
In essence, this is a DVD player, surround sound decoder, and computer
all in one. It is rated down to as low as an 80 watt power supply. Do
NOT confuse or compare this $200 USD system with everything but the
kitchen sink thrown in to a P4 3.06 Ghz machine with a $400 Radeon 9700
Pro in it.
Now that the rant is out of the way... The board performed
as expected in 3dmark. It turned in a score of about 400 and did not
complete many of the tests. It is not a DX 8 graphics compliant, and
this is reflected in the score. If you want to play Doom III on this
board, you have rocks in your head.
The board fared little better in Sandra's memory benchmark.
The scores reflected above reflect a 'synthetic' testing procedure that
can be extremely beneficial in gauging the performance of your system
depending on the primary use of the machine. If you are wanting to pound
out 200 FPS in Doom III, then every 3dmark point counts. However, despite
what sales people tell you, most commonly used applications do not require
a powerhouse of a computer. Due to the hardware decoding of the video
stream, which can be cpu intensive through hardware, this board should
be up to most tasks including being a media server, for checking email,
and most common business tasks. This is an ideal SOHO / Media / Kids computer
board it is feature rich at a bargain basement price.
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