Manli ION - a small computer with great features

    The 21st century, having entered literally the first decade into the life of mankind, has already managed to make a computer revolution aimed at miniaturizing all possible gadgets. Ultra-thin MP3 players, PSP Slim, flash drives with a thickness slightly larger than a credit card, ultra-thin mobile phones, Aplle and Sony Vaio laptops, and most recently, a netbook fashion that has come to light - thin, lightweight and comfortable miniature laptops with good battery capacity, and now also an iPad - and this only in the last decade. But evolution moves by leaps and bounds, and we get a new platform from the graphics giant Nvidia - nettops. A computer in such a small box the size of a DVD player, what else would it seem like? So the consumer is demanding on performance - just with this approach Nvidia and created its platform - ION.

    A nettop fell into my hands that you won’t meet on the shelves of Russian stores, but being in Asian countries you will find it easily. The manufacturer of "baby" is a strong player in the Asian market, a product of Manli. Asian tigers are gaining their strength and striving to capture most of the world market, so under the gaze of Manli came cold, harsh Russia. In this article I will introduce you to the Nvidia ION-based nettop from Manli.

    But first, let's try to answer one, at first glance, seemingly easy question. Why do we need ION? Having opened a chemistry textbook for the eighth grade, I found a definition for ion. An ion is a monatomic or polyatomic charged particle. This definition already gives the first idea of ​​what is inside. There really is an atom - Intel Atom. And it really can be single-core or dual-core. It is already commendable that the mobile and productive processor is inside, but what is the charge of ION? The answer is also quite simple. For the first time we meet with a product of such a small size, and inside we get non-integrated graphics from Intel, which is not able to work with modern applications. Nvidia ION - this is the code name of the GPU built into nettops, it is based on the GeForce 9400.

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    Naturally, the engineering model for the press fell into the hands of an OEM box without identification marks. Inside, there is everything you need to work: the nettop itself, the power supply device and a transparent white stand. To put it mildly, the equipment is not too rich. After the motherboards, the package of which includes a bunch of all kinds of “unnecessary things” you feel slightly deprived, although on the other hand, the package should not include anything else.

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    The power device resembles a conventional charger from modern netbooks - small, light and Chinese. The power cord from the network to the device is suitable for most modern power supplies. Thanks to the manufacturer for not being smart with unique connectors.

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    Stand for nettop made in the original form. The main disadvantage of its design is the lack of nettop fixation. Frankly, I almost dropped it a couple of times.

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    The box itself looks, in my opinion, very nice. Only 20 mm thick - can be hung on the wall next to your plasma TV.

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    The simple design, which is based on a blue flower, is not only not annoying, but also vice versa should cause positive emotions in women. Such a gadget will allow you to win the heart of even the most cold-blooded IT person.

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    In a vertical position on the top edge of the nettop, the user can access the card reader, usb port, as well as connectors for connecting a microphone and speakers. If the presence of a card reader on top is justified by convenience, then the presence of the rest with a connector is at least not aesthetically pleasing. Imagine how these wires will rise from your nettop, which fit so well in your room.

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    On the back edge we can see a LAN-connector, an analog VGA, four USB, as well as HDMI. The presence of HDMI pleasantly pleased me, because through “this thing” it turns out you can watch HD-movies on a TV with a large diagonal.

    Inside such a small and pleasant case are:
    Intel Atom 330 1.6 GHz processor;
    OEM motherboard manufactured by MCP7A-ION;
    RAM 2 GB DDR2 800 MHz CL6;
    Nvidia ION Graphics
    Samsung HM250HI 250 GB hard drive;
    Windows 7 Enterprise x86 32 bit operating system.

    The Atom 330 processor, which means there are two physical cores, and thanks to Hyper-Threading technology, the number of virtual cores is four. Two gigabytes of DDR2 standard memory is enough for comfortable work with the Windows 7 operating system. A 250 GB hard drive will allow you to store a small collection of movies and music. Let's move on to the tests:

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    The Super Pi 1M processor test was completed in 1 minute 35 seconds. For a modern processor, this is a very long time, for a mobile one it is also a long time. Intel has increased the number of cores, but performance by modern standards is not enough by modern standards. It is clear that heat dissipation is very low, but I would prefer to have a box 10 mm wider to improve cooling of a hotter and more efficient processor.

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    But in the multi-core test wPime 32m, the number of cores plays a big role, it took 66 seconds to calculate the number of Pi. For comparison, the Intel Atom 230 (that's half the Atom 330) takes twice as long, which, in my opinion, looks logical.

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    Image rendering is a difficult task even for powerful PCs. You can tell the ionic atom it’s almost too tough, the result is 1550 points in the CineBench R10 test. Approximately 7-8 times less that you can get on a modern computer with an Intel Core i7 920 processor.

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    DDR2 memory is almost outdated, although there are plenty of owners of computers with this memory standard. The screenshot above shows the results of the memory test for reading and writing. The results are 2640 Mb / s and 2839 Mb / s for reading and writing, respectively. For such a platform, the result is very decent. Why can not put memory with timings CL5 5-5-15? This would give a good performance boost. In light of the fact that the prices for memory with CL5 and CL6 delays are practically the same, this aspect has remained a mystery to me.

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    Next, I checked the graphics capabilities of the ION platform. The 3DMark05 synthetic benchmark showed the result of 2159 3DMarks. There is very little for a gaming PC, but here toys for entertaining a young child or favorite games released a couple of years ago will work here comfortably.

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    1172 3DMarks result in the 3DMark06 test. The benchmark, released a year later, began to work more actively with shaders, namely they are responsible for lighting the 3D scene. The result is naturally not a record, but we are not planning to use such a device for playing Crysis.

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    But I liked the work of the hard drive, 64 Mb / s is a decent indicator for a 2.5 inch hard drive. Yes, and the volume of 250 GB is enough for the torrent tracker.

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    And finally, the comprehensive benchmark PCMark05 with the result in 2313 PCMarks. Good result for such a platform. Separately, I note the video encoding speed - 170 kb / s. For this processor, this is the expected result.

    Conclusions.

    I like damn IONs, but what attracts me to them, I can’t fully understand. I like its dimensions, it is small, and it is convenient to transport it. He is beautiful. People who are far from IT technology, seeing him, will certainly be interested in him. It is quiet - perhaps this is one of the main requirements of many users. Manli ION can be safely left overnight to download torrents. But with all the abundance of advantages, I want to "faster, higher, stronger" - even more productive. Platform performance is its weak point, but the creators leave a simple way to increase the power of ION. In bios devices, there is a parameter responsible for overclocking the processor. By simply switching the system bus frequency from 533 MHz to 667 MHz, you can get an Intel Atom with a clock frequency of 2000 MHz. Just remember the slogan from advertising - 25 percent for free.

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