Much as we love testing everything on our Intel Core i7 980 Extreme Edition uber-rigs, that’s not what the majority of users will be carrying around with them. To test this set up, we decided to mirror the CPU performance of a lower level mobile platform.
Processor: Intel® Atom D510 1.66 GHz
Motherboard: ZOTAC Intel Atom D510 NM10-DTX WiFi Mini DTX HDMI
Graphics Card: ATI HD5570
PSU: Corsair 550W
Monitor: Dell 2407
Memory: Crucial 2GB DDR2
The performance differences when the GPU takes over the video processing are quite staggering. When the HD5570 is handling the video content the machine seems much more responsive and it is possible to multitask much easier.