The Eee PC 1015PN is one of the first 10 inch netbooks to feature next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics. While that means the mini-laptop should have no problem handling 1080p HD video playback and HD Flash video, you should keep in mind that there are now two different types of ION chips: Those designed for desktops and larger notebooks and those designed for 10 inch and smaller netbooks… like the Eee PC 1015PN.
Eee PC.it has run a set of benchmarks on the Eee PC 1015PN, and while the computer outperforms any netbook with integrated graphics on graphics-intensive tests, it’s not as powerful as a machine like the 12 inch Eee PC 1215N, which has a more powerful version of the NVIDIA ION chip. Basically, the Eee PC 1015PN graphics chip has 8 cores instead of the 16 cores found in the more powerful version.
This helps keep down the energy requirements and the heat output — and also probably helps keep the price for 10 inch ION-powered netbooks a bit lower than the price for larger systems.
That said, you can check out the video after the break to see how the Eee PC 1015PN handles HD video from a local hard drive, YouTube, and Vimeo. You can also see how the computer handles the Street Fighter IV benchmark. It looks like the game is borderline playable — if you use some of the lowest graphics settings, but you get much better results from a nettop like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 with the more powerful ION graphics chip. In other words, the Eee PC 1015PN may have better 3D graphics than a typical netbook, but it’s not exactly the best choice for playing bleeding edge games.
The Asus Eee PC 1015PN features a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core processor, ION and GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and a 260GB hard drive. It’s available for $429 from ExcaliberPC.
You can find more benchmark results at Eee PC.it, including the 3DMark, CrystalMark and PassMark scores.