Low power Bay Trail, Celeron or AMD APU Athlons, Semprons are storming the market allowing users to create quiet or even fanless PCs for multimedia or daily home use. Most of motherboards offer PCIe connect, but as a limited to x4 (AMD) or x1 (Intel) version. We can connect a USB3 or Firewire 800 PCIe controller to it, but can we use an external graphics card to improve the gaming performance of such low power quiet PCs? Can PCIe x1 2.0 can provide enough bandwidth for the GPU to perform at a good or acceptable level? Or maybe can it give some extra features like CUDA cores or multiple display support that can be used to some specific tasks?
In this article I'll test and compare three basic and cheap graphics cards I got from local bidding site quite cheap. Will Celeron J1900 be able to run games faster and what will be the difference between x1 and x16 on a classical motherboard?
Graphics card resource usage monitoring is quite rare. Most desktop widgets and applications will just show CPU and RAM usage. There are however tools that can be used to monitor AMD, NVIDIA and Intel graphics cards under Linux. It can be used for fancy graphics or to locate the weakest chain in the GPU rendering process when trying to determine why some tasks are so slow.
After building a PC with Celeron J1900 it's time to run some benchmarks. Aside of other Intel CPUs there are AMD competitors like new Sempron and Athlon 25W CPUs with good graphics or the old E-350 still available on the market. Most of them are similarly priced.
To run benchmarks I've used phoronix benchmark tool, as well some bootchart for system boot up time charts and power usage monitor to check how much power the PC is taking.
Angry Birds Go! is a new game made by Rovio with a Angry Birds theme. This time we will be racing to get to the final prize. Our team will consist of birds as well as of piggies.
On the other side the game faces some hardware/software problems. Many good-brand devices is marked as incompatible. Secondly many players are reporting problems with the game - crashes, blank screens and so on. So we have a good game and surprising problems.