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Nehemiah M10000 Review
Posted on May 19, 2003

PCMark 2002

Futuremark's PCMark 2002 is a multipurpose benchmarking tool, suited for benchmarking all kinds of PCs, from laptops to workstations. PCMark 2002 performs tasks such as image compression, text searching and audio conversion.

PCMark 2002 - CPU Score

PCMark 2002 - Memory Score

PCMark 2002 - HDD Score

PCMark confirmed what we had learnt from Sandra - the Nehemiah had stronger CPU and memory performance than the Ezra-T. HDD scores were broadly the same.

3D Mark 2000


3D Mark 2000 - Default Benchmark

Futuremark's 3DMark 2000 measures DirectX 7 performance with several 3D game demos and tests. The EPIA Ms performed well compared to the classic EPIAs, but don't compare to the 3D graphics available on current full size integrated motherboards. We measured using the standard 1024 x 768 default settings.

3D Mark 2001 SE


3D Mark 2001 SE - Default Benchmark

Futuremark's 3DMark 2001 SE measures DirectX 8 performance with several 3D game demos and tests. The addition of SSE on the Nehemiah helped it to buzz along at double figure framerates, giving a smooth but still jerky picture. The classic EPIAs didn't manage to start the first test at 1024 x 768 resolution. VIA's claims of 73% performance increases in 3D applications ring true here. However these results will disappoint games players. The S3 graphics integrated into the CLE266 chipset are getting a little tired - time for an update?

Rip WAV to MP3

dBpower AMP Convert WAV to MP3

In another real world test, we used dBpower AMP Music Converter to convert a 70MB WAV file to an MP3, using the default settings. By ripping from the hard disc and not a CD, we removed the CD from the test and concentrated more on the raw power of the CPU. A similar task would be compiling a Linux kernel. The Nehemiah was fastest at 179 seconds, more than twice as fast as the EPIA 5000. This is still slow compared to a Pentium or Athlon CPU, but a step in the right direction.

Quake 3 Arena

The EPIA M is not a 3D games machine, but if stuck on a desert island with one for company, we might want to load up a copy of Tribes with all the settings turned down for a slice of retro disc-mining. We dug out a copy of Quake 3 Arena and installed the 1.32 point release to perform some industry standard 3D benchmarks. We also tested with an optimised frame rate configuration.

Quake 3 Arena Demo Four - Standard Settings

To run this demo at home, load Quake, find out what a tilde is, then press it. Type "timedemo 1", then "demo four", rinse and repeat. Modern rocket-powered graphics cards can manage 10 times these scores - and don't even try to play on that EPIA 5000 until you've turned the resolution down.

Quake 3 Arena Demo Four - Maximum Frame Rate Configuration

These are the results with the optimised frame rate configuration. A little better and certainly playable, but not beautiful. Modern games suck the lifeforce from any graphics card not up to scratch, and EPIA integrated graphics fall into this category. If you really intend to play games on your EPIA, we would suggest investing in a decent PCI graphics card. We've used an EPIA 800 and MX420 as an impromptu second games machine over our LAN for several months now, and it runs Warcraft 3 just fine.

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