Eee PC 1215n Performance

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  1. oogamar

    oogamar Notebook Evangelist

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    I figured this deserved a separate thread since it’s purely about the performance of the machine.

    I received my 1215n last week and since then have tried numerous games on it and a few benchmarks to see how the device performs.

    PERFORMANCE:

    All tests were done with native resolution and with 257.41 drivers unless stated otherwise.

    Starcraft 2

    Driver 270.61

    1v1: 30-40fps
    1v1 max units: 20-30fps
    2v2: 30ish
    2v2 max units: 15-30fps

    Test settings: All low except;
    Models on high
    Portraits 3d (no performance difference)
    Textures high (no performance difference)

    Summary: Thanks to the latest drivers starcraft is finally very playable even with shaders on medium (with less fps than shown above). On low it is very smooth.

    Company of heroes

    Settings: Mostly mediums

    First mission 13-30fps

    Inconsistant fps probably due to driver.

    Crysis warhead

    Driver 270.61

    Settings: All low

    Steel mill multiplayer level: 25-40 fps

    Summary: As of latest drivers performance is good... very smooth especially with an overclock on cpu and gpu. Can set some settings medium and high.


    Mount and Blade

    Settings: Maxed out

    Campaign map: 3-30fps

    Massive frame dip when you look in a certain direction.

    Battle: 3-14fps
    Settings make no difference to performance at all... looks like drivers again or the pci bottleneck (but i doubt it)

    Multiple drivers tried since the 257.x series up to 270.61 still no improvement.

    Far Cry (the original)

    Settings: Maxed out

    Campaign: 25-35fps

    Very consistant unlike most other games.

    Batman Arkham Asylum Demo

    Driver 270.61

    Settings: medium details everything else off

    Intensive treatment level: 15-30fps

    Playable but very smooth if lowered to 1024x768 and overclock cpu and gpu.

    Star Wars: kotor

    260.63 beta driver

    Settings: maxed with 8xAA and AF

    General campaign performance: 25-45fps

    Playable but has massive frame dips to 10fps when theres lots of characters or a moving door onscreen. Could be either driver or pcie related (but for such an old game the bandwidth should surely be sufficient). Also lowering settings has no bearing on the frame dips.

    Star Wars Battlefront 2

    258.96 driver

    Settings: All high @ native res

    Ground battle: 24-30fps
    Space battle: 24-32fps

    Plays really well and smooth. Nothing else to say really

    Star Wars Empire at War

    258.96 driver

    Settings: Highest @ native res

    Ground battle: 20-30fps

    Space battle: 30-40+fps

    Plays really smooth maxed out.

    Half Life 2: The Lost Coast

    258.96 driver

    Settings: Highest @ native res (no aa or af)

    Benchmark result: Average 32.89fps

    Spore

    259.64 driver

    Settings: All Highest except for shadows on medium @ native res (no aa or af)

    General gaming performance: 25-30fps (smooth as butter)

    Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl

    259.64 driver

    Settings: All High except for lighting on satic @ native res (no aa, full af)

    General gaming performance: 27-50fps (very smooth with occasional stutter)


    Dragon age

    259.64 driver

    Settings: lowest @ native res (no aa or af)

    General gaming performance: 10-20fps (playable but stutters a bit and sometimes choppy on outside levels)
    note: resolution makes no difference

    Age of empires III

    259.64 driver

    Settings:medium @ native res (no aa or af)

    General gaming performance: 30+fps consistantly(keeping settings lowish to avoid input lag that occurs below 30fps)

    Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

    257.41 driver

    (Video review @ netbooklive.net)

    Settings: Low@ 1024x768

    Assault course: 12-18fps (generally unplayable)

    First level: 6-35fps (totally inconsistant)

    260.63 driver

    (contributed by wcasdf)

    Settings: Low @ 1024x768

    General Gameplay: Still Unplayable


    Portal 2

    270.61 driver

    Settings:medium @ native res (no aa 16xaf)

    General gaming performance: 40+fps consistantly. Can set settings higher but performance can get choppy on high/very high in certain areas.

    Arma 2

    270.61 driver

    Settings:all lowest @ 800x600 (no aa or af)

    General gaming performance: 10-20fps (Barely playable)

    Arma 2 is a massive system hog and wont really run well on this machine. Only tried to run for reference.

    Aliens vs Predator (2010)

    270.61 driver

    Settings:lowest @ native res (no aa or af)

    General gaming performance: 15-25fps (occasional dips had to lower to 800x600 to get smooth gameplay)

    Dirt 2

    270.61 driver

    Settings:low @ 800x600

    General gaming performance: 20-30fps (playable but not really enjoyable - stutters sometimes)

    Darksiders

    270.61 driver

    Settings: lowest @ 800x600

    General gaming performance: Below 20 fps all the time... console port that requires raw power this machine can't provide.

    Civilisation V

    270.61 driver

    Settings:low @ native res (no aa or af)

    General gaming performance: 25-30fps in early gameplay (within 1 hour)


    OVERCLOCKING:

    I tried overclocking the graphics card using nvidia system tools up to the 310m’s stock clocks (since they’re essentially the same card). It seemed stable enough after a 10 min furmark run and the temp never went above 64C which is pretty cool really.

    I also overclocked the atom processor to 2.2ghz and that tends to stick around 30-40C under full load.

    The overclocks allowed me to get 3300 points in 3dmark 06 which is a 400 point increase over the stock score.


    OVERCLOCKING GUIDE

    CPU

    Currently the only way to overclock the cpu is with the latest freeware version of setfsb.

    Open the program and select this pll from the dropdown menu: ICS9LPR427AGLF

    The values reported don't match the fsb or pcie speeds but you can keep tabs on that with cpuz.

    Then use the biggest slider bar or the incremental arrows next to it to increase the fsb.

    Note: The highest STABLE i have been able to get is 2.2ghz (slider at 561 and fsb set at 123mhz, the actual fsb as read in cpuz is 246mhz).
    Any higher and i will start getting program errors and eventually bsod.

    If you want to make the overclock apply upon startup then do the following:
    If you create a shortcut to setfsb then go into properties an where it says 'target' you should see the location of setfsb.

    Then you add the following
    C:\Users\Joe\Downloads\setfsb_2_2_134_98\setfsb.exe -w1 -s123

    Adding - w1 sets the duration before the overclock is applied and s123 is the setting for the fsb.

    If you put this shortcut in the startup folder on the start menu then it will load with windows every time.

    HOWEVER make sure you've got it set up correctly before you put it in the startup folder otherwise you'll have to safemode it to delete it.


    Overclocking with batch files (courtesy of rleonar5)

    I found it a bit annoying to constantly have to open setfsb and change my clock speed, so I decided to stream line the process a little. I wrote a set of batch files for each game, which would run setfsb and change the clock speed, then run the game. The batch then pauses (I really tried to find a better way of waiting until the game was closed to finish running the rest of the batch, but after a couple hours I settled for this.). Once you are finished playing your game, just click the window for the batch and press any button, this will end the pause and continue the batch file. The last step of the batch is to set the CPU clock speed to the default setting.

    Finally, I put these batches in the same folder as the game's executable, and then made a shortcut to my batch that I placed on the desktop, with a nice game icon.

    Below is an example of a batch file that runs fallout new vegas:

    Start /WAIT C:\setfsb\setfsb.exe -w1 -s123
    cd "C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\fallout new vegas\"
    Start /WAIT .\FalloutNVLauncher.exe
    Pause
    Start /WAIT C:\setfsb\setfsb.exe -w1 -s100

    NOTE: Most people have noted that when overclocking beyond 2ghz that the system doesn't resume from standby and some other minor wireless network problems may arise. This is because the 1215n is very sensitive to clock changes for some reason and seems to require a certain balance to function "normally".
    Therefore i recommend only overclocking beyond 2ghz when you need it and don't put it as your 24/7 overclock - unless you dont put it into standby or use a wired lan.

    GPU

    To overclock the Ion you can use nvidia system tools.

    I have successfully overclocked the ion to the clocks of the 310m (they're basically the same card) but it wasn't stable.

    Note: If you overclock too much you won't necessarily get a driver crash like on other gpu's. The ion seems to just downclock itself to 400/400/800 and as such you'll see performance get cut in half.

    Setfsb Homepage: SetFSB_HomePage

    Nvidia System Tools Page: NVIDIA DRIVERS 6.06

    WARNING!

    This post is purely informative and i in no way accept responsibility for what you do with your machine or any damage that may result from overclocking.


    CAUTION!

    When overclocking always keep an eye on your temperatures as heat is a component killer.


    The only monitoring program i have found that recognises all the components and reports correct temperatures is this;

    CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting


    Fix for HDD Clicking/Lag(ATTENTION: ONLY WORKS FOR 32BIT WINDOWS)

    Ive found a solution to the hdd clicking/lagging issue that some (including myself have encountered).
    It seems to be a common issue with seagate hdds that when they change power states the hdd "stalls" for a second or two which can be really annoying when watching a video etc due to the loud click and freeze of the system.

    The solution is a little old power management utility from 2007 called Notebook Hardware Control. With this utility you can set the hdd into "High Performance" mode which stops the hdd from winding down - thus preventing the click/freeze.
    It will decrease battery life somewhat - i still dont know by how much but i cant imagine it being more than a few minutes.

    Here is the link: http://www.notebookhardwarecontrol.n...release_06.zip

    Note: There is a newer version of this utility but it doesn't have the required features available (at least not without paying). The older freeware version from the above link is the one you want.

    Instructions:

    1. Install the utility

    2. Run the utility and open the main page

    3. Go to the settings tab and click "Show all NHC options and settings"

    4. Scroll to the hard disk tab and under advanced power management choose "max performance".

    You can then untick some options on the various tabs to get rid of all the icons that appear on the taskbar etc to clean it up to your liking and then THATS IT!!!

    Fix for RAM Issues

    Yes it is possible to upgrade to 4gb of RAM and thanks to the latest BIOS update the system will now utilise the full 4gb of ram.

    Here is a link to a topic on the bios update:
    1215n new bios 0604 - resolves 4gb ram issue (Page 1) / Eee PC 1201x Specific Discussion / EeeUser Forum

    Also heres a link to a topic on known working RAM modules for the 1215n:
    Official Asus 1215N QVL compatible memory/RAM (Page 1) / Eee PC 1201x Specific Discussion / EeeUser Forum

    GPUZ
    Just for those of you who are curious, below is a screenie of gpuz with the new ion.
     

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  2. onspeed

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    interesting.... think it could run cs:s and tf2 with out any problems? i know there were some people concerned with the pcie 1.1x bandwidth limitation of the pineview platform, but it would seem that's not an issue?

    i can't think of a better laptop (netbook) in the $500 range. i need some gaming power, but also portability and battery life. anything with core i3, or ulv core 2 + switchable starts at the 650 range, m11x-r1 refurb + outlet coupon is ~725 shipped including tax.
     
  3. oogamar

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    I can't really comment on the pcie bandwidth issue because the system is limited by bigger issues. The only way we'll ever find out if it's an issue is if we can get good drivers and get the cpu speed up to fully utilise the ion gpu.

    In regards to cs:s and tf2 i rekon it'd be able to cope because source games generally run like butter but i havent got either to try so i can't really say.
     
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    UPDATE:
    Well i decided to open up the machine and find the pll number which is: ICS9LPRS427CGLF.
    There is a similar pll in the current version of setfsb which works which is ICS9LPR427AGLF.

    The maximum stable speed i have been able to get out of the d525 is 2.28ghz.

    Ingame performance is only slightly improved by the overclock - increasing the minimum framerate but it doesn't affect the maximum performance much at all.
    This points to either the drivers that are in need of an update OR the pcie x1 bandwidth limitation.

    So basically we'll have to wait for new drivers before the performance limiter can be truely identified.
     
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    Yes i've been following the threads on eeeuser.com for a while now.
    You can't really compare the performance to the 1201n yet because this still has crappy old drivers. Wonder when nvidia will release new ones...
     
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    What are you using to overclock the Atom CPU? How did you get it up above 2.0GHZ stable?



     
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    As i said above i'm using setfsb with the stated pll.
    Since this atom is 1.8ghz at stock it stands to reason that it'd be able to overclock higher than previous models like the n330 in the 1201n.
     
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