Futuremark’s 3DMark06 has a built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that’s useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU’s performance. Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering. The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.
Benchmark Results: The CPU test in 3DMark06 showed that the VIA Nano L2100 processor at 1.8GHZ easily beat the Intel Atom 230 processor at 1.6GHz. The 99 point difference in the CPU score was enough to make the VIA Nano L2100 nearly 21% faster than the Intel Atom 230 processor. A score of 576 isn’t anything out of this world, but for sub $70 platforms it’s nothing to laugh at.