Nvidia Ion 2 GPU Benchmarked As Slower Than Its Predecessor

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The first Nvidia Ion 2 netbook has been benchmarked, and the early results are disappointing: the Acer Aspire One 532G's next-gen GPU managed to underperform the older Ion LE.

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The benchmarking was done by Netbook News while at MWC, who managed to run a 3DMark03 graphics benchmark test during their hands-on time. The resulting score of 3,049 is lower than some Ion LE netbooks achieve; the Samsung N510, for example, scores a 3,593.

There are possible explanations, of course, and we won't know for sure how the Ion 2 stacks up until we're able to test a production-ready unit. As Netbook Choice points out, it's possible that Acer and Nvidia purposefully hamstrung the machine to keep it stable during demonstrations. Then again, it's also possible that Nvidia has had a difficult time working with the Aspire One 532G's Pine Trail processor. Let's hope it's the former: the last thing netbooks need is even more limited graphics capabilities.

[Netbook News via Netbook Choice]

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Uh, is it just me, or does that look impressive for a netbook?

Netbooks aren't for 3D gaming. Get over it, you wasted $300 when you could've paid $500 and gotten something far more capable like say, I don't know, a real laptop, or since like most people you don't even NEED a laptop, you could get a powerful desktop computer and moniter for $500 at best buy any day of the week, but no, you need a trendy piece of crap that runs slower than an iPhone.