Intel ATOM 230 versus VIA Nano L2100 – Battle of the Mini-ITX Platforms

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HD Tune v3.10

HD Tune Pro 3.10 is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.

HD Tune on the Intel Atom 230

HD Tune on the VIA Nano L2100

Benchmark Results: The Western Digital VelociRaptor was used as a secondary drive on both systems and the results were nearly identical other than the burst rate and CPU usage! Both boards averaged 101.5MB/Sec when it came to the transfer rate and had ~7ms access times.  The burst rate on the Intel Atom 230 based board was ~12MB/Sec higher and the CPU usage was lower, which is a good thing. The VIA reference board with the Nano L2100 processor running at 1.8GHz was used more for this benchmark. The same hard drive on a ATX platform with current chipsets had a burst speed of 179.4 MB/s, so these mini-ITX boards do take a performance hit since they are using older chipsets. The VelociRaptor hard drive is still impressive on these boards though.

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