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The Acer Aspire 5654WLMi is based on the Napa platform, an Intel Core Duo T2500 processor with a clock rate of 2.00GHz being its heart.

Besides Intel’s traditional Enhanced SpeedStep technology that gives the notebook’s software and BIOS control over the CPU frequency multiplier (to reduce it under low loads), this CPU supports Dynamic Power Coordination (the power consumption of the cores can be independently adjusted depending on the current load) and Dynamic Cache Sizing (unused cache segments can be turned off to reduce power consumption). For more information refer to our Centrino Duo Mobile Platform Review.

The Napa platform also incorporates an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG adapter and an Intel Calistoga 945PM chipset. This chipset supports DDR2 SO-DIMMs, thus offering more memory bandwidth at lower power consumption, and a PCI Express x16 interface for an external graphics card. The ICH7-M chip is used as the chipset’s South Bridge and is connected to the North Bridge via a special-purpose Direct Media Interface. The South Bridge supports one Parallel ATA port, two Serial ATA ports, eight USB 2.0 ports and Intel High Definition Audio. It also offers six PCI Express x1 lanes to connect external devices. Follow this link for a detailed description of the Intel Calistoga 945PM chipset.

Being a multimedia solution, the Acer Aspire 5654WLMi is equipped a powerful discrete graphics core Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory. This 0.09-micron core has low power consumption, supports Shader Model 3.0 and HDR. So, it is quite capable of running new and advanced 3D games and applications. The GeForce Go 7600 features Nvidia PureVideo technology for high-quality HD video playback whereas PowerMizer 6.0 technology helps it use power in the most optimal way and thus generate less heat. I already tested the GeForce Go 7600 GT in my review of the Sony VAIO VGN-AR11SR and these two letters in the name make a big difference. The GeForce Go 7600 GT supports SLI technology and has better parameters than the basic, GT-less model. You’ll see in the tests section how the two mobile solutions from Nvidia differ in performance. Here’s a table that shows the differences in their specs:

Yet another indication of the multimedia nature of the tested notebook is its integrated TV-tuner. The following pictures help appreciate its image quality:

The Acer Aspire 5654WLMi employs a 2.5” Seagate ST9120821AS hard disk drive (5400 spindle rotation speed, 120GB capacity, and SATA interface). It also has a slot-loaded Matshita UJ-845S DVD-burner with the following speed formula:

Reading:

  • 24x CD-RW
  • 24x CD-ROM
  • 24x CD-R
  • 8x DVD+R
  • 8x DVD-R
  • 8x DVD-ROM
  • 4x DVD+RW
  • 4x DVD-RW
  • 3x DVD-RAM
  • 2.4x DVD+R (double-layer)

Writing:

  • 24x CD-R
  • 8x DVD+R
  • 8x DVD-R
  • 4x DVD+RW
  • 4x DVD-RW
  • 4x CD-RW
  • 2.4x DVD+R (double-layer)
  • 2x DVD-RAM
 
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