Zotac Ion: 720p Gaming Performance
In my Zotac Ion review I only included one gaming result: 17.7 fps in World of Warcraft at 800 x 600 with WoW’s Good Quality settings. A few of you asked for more details on how well the Ion could play games; I happily obliged and ran the board with a few more games and settings. The table below shows the frame rates I was able to achieve:
|Zotac Ion-A (Atom 330) 720p Performance|
|Left 4 Dead (Medium Quality)||25.0 fps|
|Far Cry 2 (Medium Quality)||9.0 fps|
|Far Cry 2 (Low Quality)||12.0 fps|
|Fallout 3 (Medium Quality)||17.3 fps|
|Fallout 3 (Low Quality)||21.0 fps|
|Red Alert 3 (Medium Quality)||18.0 fps|
Far Cry 2, even at its lowest quality settings, can only manage 12 fps at 720p; but that’s a stressful game. Left 4 Dead, at a balance of low/medium quality settings managed 25 fps. Fallout 3 straddled the borderline of playability when set to Low quality defaults at 21 fps.
I even tried Red Alert 3, where I managed 18 fps at Medium quality.
It’s possible to get near playable frame rates with the Zotac Ion at 720p but it’s definitely not smooth unless you’re playing something truly light on the CPU/GPU.