OCZ Neutrino 10″ DIY Atom Netbook ReviewTue, May 26, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Sandra 2009 & ATTO
Sandra 2009 Memory Bandwidth
The Sisoft Sandra 2009 benchmark utility just came out recently and we have started to include it in our benchmarking. With Sandra 2009 you can now easily compare the performance of the tested device with its speed and its (published) power (TDP)! Sandra XII SP2 also has SSE4 (Intel) and SSE4A (AMD) benchmark code-paths, which is great for those of you testing next-generation AMD & Intel chips.
The Neutrino netbook was able to break 2GB/s on memory bandwidth, which is a lot lower than we are used to seeing when testing desktop and notebook products. This is another point that shows that netbooks are not about performance, but usability and functionality. The Neutrino has a single channel 2GB DDR2 667MHz SO-DIMM running CL4 timings, so the result is again on par with hardware having these speed ratings.
Sandra 2009 Processor Multi-Media
The multi-media performance on the Neutrino wasn’t crazy fast, but it was faster than the Intel Atom N270 reference system in Sandra 2009 SP3.
ATTO is one of the oldest hard drive benchmarks that is still used today. ATTO measures transfers across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and places the data into graphs that you can easily interpret. The test was run with the default runs of 0.5kb through 8192kb transfer sizes with the total length being 256mb.
The OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD was able to reach 257MBps on the read test and 201MBps on the write tests in our review of the drive when used in conjunction with the Intel ICH10R chipset. These are the highest results ever seen here at Legit Reviews in ATTO on the Overlapped I/O benchmark. The OCZ Neutrino DIY Netbook uses the Intel ICH7M chipset, and as a result the hard drive performance isn’t nearly as high as previously seen in our hard drive review, even though it is the same exact drive being used. The read score peaked at 130MB/s with a write speed of 125MB/s with the OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD inside the Neutrino. The OCZ Vertex SSD is way overkill for the Neutrino, so if you are purchasing the Neutrino be sure not to do this!