We decided to give up a lot of benchmarks that we would normally use for CPU tests, because nettop processors are pretty specific solutions. Computer systems of this type will hardly ever be used for image rendering, 3D games or video mastering. Therefore, we performed only a few most typical tests.
Audio encoding into mp3 format demonstrates how little computational potential these processors have. They lose even to Celeron 420. Nevertheless, the results demonstrated by Nano L2100 look very interesting: it outperforms even a dual-core Atom processor!
The situation changes a little during video decoding: dual-core Atom 330 with Hyper-Threading support is only 7% behind Celeron 420. Single-core nettop processors can’t successfully compete even with Celeron 420.
We see almost the same results during WinRAR archiving.
Chess test, like many others, reveals significant advantage of VIA Nano L2100 processor over Intel Atom 230. However a newer Atom 330 doesn’t lose to VIA anymore.
We performed a Half-Life 2 test just for the sake of a complete picture. In fact, it is very hard to play contemporary games on any of the today’s tested platforms because of low performance of the graphics subsystem. The obtained results simply show that low-power processors are not the best choice for gaming.