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Office Applications and Internet

Besides complex benchmarks, we always use real applications to study the systems performance. Taking into account nettops positioning, we decided to check the performance of the corresponding platforms in a popular Microsoft Office 2007 suite. For testing purposes we chose document comparison in Word and complex table calculation in Excel.

The results turned out completely different. VIA processor outperformed both Atom CPUs and a single-core Celeron in Word. However, its performance in arithmetic calculations turned out very poor, while both Atom processors performance very well (compared to Celeron).

We also decided to see how well our today’s testing participants will perform in Adobe Flash. Very often the CPU’s ability to playback flash movies determines the actual CPU utilization during web-surfing. For that purpose we used a special Powerflasher Powerbench test.

As you can see from the diagram, Celeron processors on Core microarchitecture perform better during Flash playback than Atom or Nano. For example, Celeron 420 appears 60% faster than the youngest Atom 230. Atom 330 falls 38% behind the same Celeron. Only VIA Nano processor demonstrates comparable results to Celeron 420 and loses only 12% to it.

 
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