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ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Review

ajmatson    -   August 17, 2010
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Testing:

To test the ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe motherboard/processor combo I will be putting it through the paces with well known benchmarks designed to stress the components. The benchmarks will include a variety of scientific and video tests which will push the limits of the hardware giving us a score to see how well it does. I will also be monitoring the heat and power usage throughout the testing to see how little it uses and how efficiently it runs. The case I am using has three fans on it. One 120mm in the front, another 120mm in the rear and one 120mm on the side panel. All three will be plugged into the motherboard headers so the speeds will be controlled by the hardware giving a better idea of cooling efficiency. Testing results will be comprised of the results delivered by the AT3IONT-I in both stock and overclocked trim with no comparison devices listed. A high performance desktop it is not, but it is a powerful media center.

 

Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel Atom 330 Dual Core @ 1.6GHz
  • Motherboard: ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe
  • Memory: Mushkin 996744 DDR3 1066MHz 7-7-7-20
  • Video Card: XFX HD 5870 1GB
  • Power Supply: Integrated DC Power Brick
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 750GB SATA
  • Optical Drive: LG DVD+/-RW
  • Case: Coolermaster Elite 341 Micro ATX case
  • OS: Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

 

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked Settings:

  • CPU Overclock: 175x 12 = 2100Mhz

Overclocking the ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe was a bit of a challenge. This board did not like any of the changes I tried to make manually. The RAM was so finicky that even loosening the timings to values different than what AUTO would set caused instabilities. I tried manually dropping the memory speed and raising the FSB and no joy.  The system would just not load past the boot process. The only way I was able to increase the CPU speed was to use the presets. Surprisingly it was very stable at the highest preset of 2.1GHz which did give the system a boost but not enough to really write home about. Nevertheless, it is an increase so that is what I ran the tests at. One thing to remember is this is a board designed for use as an HTPC so low power and low heat are the main focus. Not overclocking.

 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Geekbench
  4. Office 2007
  5. POV Ray 3.7
  6. PCMark Vantage Professional
  7. Sandra XII
  8. ScienceMark 2.02
  9. Cinebench 10
  10. Cinebench 11.5
  11. HD Tune 3.50
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  3. Batman Arkham Asylum
  4. 3DMark 06 Professional
  5. 3DMark Vantage



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