As we said in the Introduction, the Acer Aspire 9303WSMi is based on a dual-core AMD Turion 64 X2 TL52 processor with a clock rate of 1.60GHz. This CPU is built on the 90nm Taylor core with two independent L2 caches, 512MB each. In all these parameters the AMD processor is inferior to Intel’s Core Duo and Core 2 Duo that are manufactured on 65nm tech process and have up to 4096MB of shared L2 cache. Like the single-core Turion 64, the Turion 64 X2 supports PowerNow! technology that allows adjusting the clock rate (by changing the frequency multiplier) and voltage of the CPU to save power. This technology also provides an additional power-saving mode called Deeper Sleep. For more information about the technical features of the AMD Turion 64 X2 processor, visit the manufacturer’s website.
Turion 64 is the general name of the whole platform, like Intel’s Napa, and this particular implementation of the Turion 64 platform also includes a wireless Nvidia nForce Networking Controller and an Nvidia GeForce Go 6100 chipset.
Nvidia’s chipsets for notebooks ensure realistic gameplay in gaming applications and support PureVideo technology for high-quality video playback. They are the first chipsets for notebooks to support Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and thus allow running modern 3D games with advanced visual effects. Coupled with the Nvidia nForce Go 430 MCP, the GeForce Go 6100 chipset, along with the more advanced 6150, forms an ideal solution for entry-level notebooks designed for a longest battery life possible. Here’s what the GeForce Go 6100 and 6150 have and can do:
You can learn more about the chipset on the manufacturer’s website.
The Acer Aspire 9303WSMi is equipped with one more solution from Nvidia, a GeForce Go 7600 SE graphics processor with 128 megabytes of dedicated video memory. The letters SE indicate a “value” version of the product. This 0.09-micron GPU consumes little power and supports Shader Model 3.0 together with HDR lighting. It can thus run all modern 3D games. The GPU also features Nvidia PureVideo technology for high-quality HD video playback and PowerMizer 6.0 technology for optimal power management. For more information on the Nvidia GeForce Go 7600, visit the manufacturer’s website. Here’s a brief summary of its characteristics:
The Acer Aspire 9303WSMi comes with a Hitachi HTS541612J9AT00 hard disk drive (2.5” form-factor, 5400rpm spindle rotation speed, 120GB capacity, Parallel ATA interface) and a TSST TS-L632D DVD-burner with the following speed characteristics:
- Read - 24X
- Digital Audio Extraction (DAE) - 24X
- Write CD-R - 24X
- Write CD-RW - 24X
- Read (Single Layer/Dual or Double Layer) - 8X
- Write DVD+/-R - 8X
- Write DVD+R Double Layer - 6X
- Write DVD+RW - 8X
- Write DVD-RW - 6X
The notebook has two 512MB DDR2-533 memory modules working in dual-channel mode. The maximum amount of memory supported is 4096MB, so you’ve got some upgrade opportunities here.
We measured the temperature of the hottest spots on the notebook’s surfaces with an infrared thermometer after it had worked for half an hour in the Classic test mode of Battery Eater Pro 2.60 (the ambient temperature remained constant at 22°C during this test) and got the following numbers:
- LCD panel – 41°C
- Keyboard – 32°C
- Bottom panel – 35°C
The following table lists the specification of the Acer Aspire 9303WSMi in comparison with the ASUS V6J that’s going to oppose it in our tests: