March 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm
The last time we saw some benchmark numbers for Nvidia’s next-gen ION, it seemed to suggest that the performance wasn’t up to the original. Following the official new ION announcement this morning, we now know that two ION versions are hitting netbooks. An 8-core version for 10-inch netbooks and 16-core version for 12-inch ones.
It is safe to say that the Asus Eee PC 1201PN will sport 16-core ION and Notebook Italia has managed to conduct a benchmark to give us an idea as to where performance sits. Using the 3DMark06 benchmark, they managed to record a score of 2,013. This compares to a score of around 1,580 3DMarks for the Asus Eee PC 1201N.
This is a nice 27 percent improvement, although not the 50 percent suggested by Nvidia. However, it’s worth remembering that we’re not comparing apples to apples here. The Eee PC 1201N is a dual-core netbook compared to the 1201PN that is a single-core Pine Trail netbook. Whilst 3DMark is predominantly a graphics test, the CPU will make a small difference.
A more comparable test is using the 3DMark06 score from the Samsung N510 that we reviewed at the beginning of the year. The 1.66GHz N510 scored 1,301, meaning the 1201PN outperforms it by 54 percent, in line with Nvidia’s claims. Whichever way you look at it, it is interesting to see that there has been this outperformance considering it has the same number of cores compared to the original along with the benefits of Optimus power saving technology.
Update: NetbookNews.de did the 3DMark03 benchmark test on the Eee PC 1201PN where it scored 4,482. This compares to 3,593 for the Samsung N510 that we tested.