We decided to compare the prototype of the above described nettop computer on GeForce 9400 chipset with the “canonical” platform including Intel Atom CPU and Intel 945GC chipset. Therefore, we took Intel D945GCLF mainboard based on this core logic set that has the same exact Atom 230 CPU on it as the ION from Nvidia.
The table below contains the complete specifications of both tested platforms:
As we see, both platforms selected for our today’s test session use the same CPU, have the same amount of memory and come with identical hard disk drives. In other words, all performance differences we will observe will originate from the differences in their core logic sets. So, let’s get started.