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Performance

As usual, we will first run synthetic benchmarks.

The SiSoftware 2007 suite features an updated enhanced-functionality interface, runs on three platforms (Win32 x86, Win64 x64, WinCE ARM), contains 13 tests, 34 informational modules, and supports a large range of devices thanks to the developer’s collaboration with Intel, AMD, ATI, SiS and VIA. The program is supported in six languages and has a free Lite version for personal and educational purposes.

PCMark 2005 carries on the tradition of complex benchmarks of the series and uses fragments of real-life applications as tests. This makes it somewhat more relevant for end-users as opposed to fully synthetic benchmarks. After running a series of 11 tests on the different components of the system, the program calculates an overall performance score in units called PCMarks. PCMark 2005 can check out a computer at processing HD video and encoding audio, and offers enhanced tests of the CPU and hard disk under multi-threaded load. The overall score is calculated by the formula: PCMark Score = 87 x (the geometric mean of the basic tests), where the geometric mean is calculated as (Result 1 x Result 2 x…)/the number of results.

SiSoftware Sandra measures the overall performance of the system as well as that of each of its subsystems, while PCMark benchmarks the computer performance in office and office-related applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, and disk subsystem).

The CPU tests from SiSoftware Sandra and PCMark produce predictable results that correspond to the CPU clock rates of the notebooks. In the battery mode the Acer reduced the frequency of its Turion 64 X2 TL52 to 0.8GHz, while the ASUS lowered the frequency of its Intel Core Duo to 1GHz. Their results decreased accordingly. The Turion 64 X2’s performance diminished roughly in two times after that.

The notebooks have similar results in the disk subsystem tests because they have hard drives with similar characteristics. And then the Acer Aspire 9303WSMi wins the system memory test as it has more memory, which also works in dual-channel mode. This notebook also features a more advanced graphics subsystem and wins the appropriate test.

The Business Winstone 2004 test runs scripts of the following real-life office applications, several scripts at a time to simulate multi-tasking: Internet Explorer, Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Project, PowerPoint, FrontPage, WinZip, and Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition.

The Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 test evaluates performance of a computer in the following multimedia applications: Windows Media Encoder, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere, NewTek LightWave 3D, Steinberg WaveLab, Micromedia Dreamweaver MX, and Micromedia Director MX.

The following table and diagrams show the outcome of these tests:

PC Magazine ’s benchmarks put a stress on CPU performance, but the Aspire 9303WSMi has more system memory, which also works in dual-channel mode. That’s the reason why it is ahead of the ASUS V6J when both are powered from the mains. In the battery mode the CPU frequencies of the notebooks from Acer and ASUS are lowered to 0.8GHz and 1GHz, respectively, and the former notebook begins to lag behind.

 
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