Now that we know Intel isn’t going to block NVIDIA from pairings its grpahics chips with the Intel Atom processor, it’s time to take another look at what kind of performance NVIDIA’s new ION platform really offers.
NVIDIA has said the platform will offer 10 times the graphics performance you get from the Intel Atom + Intel 945GSE chipset you can currently find in many netbooks. In practical terms, that means better gaming performance, higher quality HD video, and much faster performance with applications that take advantage of the GPU.
For instance, in the video you can see below, the folks at NVIDIA show what happens when you try to transcode a 2 minute video using iTunes (which relies on a CPU to perform transcoding jobs), or a tool that takes advantage of the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU. The difference? It takes about 2 minutes to transcode the video clip using the ION platform, and about 20 minutes using an Acer Aspire One netbook with an old school Intel Atom chip (or what passes for old school when you’re using a CPU that was released just half a year ago).
The video, which is available after the break, also shows Call of Duty 4 running pretty smoothly on an ION prototype box.