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The Acer Ferrari 1005WTMi notebook features the AMD Turion 64 X2 TL60 processor with a clock rate of 2.00GHz. This CPU is based on the 90nm Taylor core and has a separate 512MB L2 cache for each of its execution cores.

 

This is a classic approach to making a dual-core CPU: each execution core has its own L2 cache and the two cores communicate with each other via an internal bus. The Turion 64 X2 is somewhat inferior to Intel’s Core Duo which has a larger and shared L2 cache that facilitates data exchanges between the cores and is capable of disabling unused cache segments to save power.

The Turion 64 X2 allows its cores to be managed independently. This technology is called Multi-core Power Management. AMD Digital Media XPress technology means that this CPU supports MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2 and SSE3 instruction sets (the same sets as are supported by Intel’s CPUs except for AMD’s proprietary 3DNow!). The memory controller can work with DDR2 SDRAM with clock rates ranging from 400MHz to 667MHz and supports dual-channel memory access. Like single-core Turion 64, this CPU supports PowerNow! technology for flexibly adjusting the frequency and voltage to save power. This technology features an additional power-saving mode called Deeper Sleep. For more information on the AMD Turion 64 X2, refer to the manufacturer’s website.

The Acer Ferrari 1005WTMi uses a Mobility Radeon Xpress 1150 chipset from ATI. It doesn’t differ much from its precursor Mobility Radeon Xpress 200. The RS480M North Bridge and the SB400 South Bridge have been replaced with the RS485M and SB460 chips, respectively. ATI claims that the use of a thinner tech process helped reduce power consumption of the chipset. The North Bridge incorporates an integrated graphics core equivalent to ATI Radeon X300. It is clocked at 400MHz and can be allotted up to 512 megabytes from system memory by means of HyperMemory technology. The integrated graphics core supports ATI’s exclusive power-saving technologies.

Besides AMD Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX and Turion 64, the Mobility Radeon Xpress 1150 supports dual-core AMD Turion 64 X2 processors. The HyperTransport frequency is now 1000MHz. The South Bridge is pin-compatible with the SB600 (a kind of reserve for the future), but its functionality corresponds to the Mobility Radeon Xpress 200: one PCI Express x16 slot, up to four PCI Express x1 slots, up to eight USB 2.0 ports, up to four Serial ATA ports with RAID 0, 1 functionality, and two ATA/133 channels.

The notebook comes with a Hitachi HTS541616J9SA00 hard disk drive (2.5” form-factor, 5400rpm spindle rotation speed, 160GB capacity, Serial ATA interface) and a Matshita UJ-85JS DVD-drive with the following speed formula:

Reading:

  • CD-ROM – 24x
  • CD-R – 24x
  • CD-RW – 24x
  • DVD-ROM – 8x
  • DVD-R – 8x
  • DVD+R – 8x
  • DVD-R DL (double-layer) – 6x
  • DVD+R DL (double-layer) – 6x
  • DVD-RW – 6x
  • DVD+RW – 6x
  • DVD-RAM – 5x

Writing:

  • CD-R – 24x
  • CD-RW – 16x
  • DVD-R – 8x
  • DVD+R – 8x
  • DVD+RW – 8x
  • DVD-RW – 6x
  • DVD-RAM – 5x
  • DVD-R DL (double-layer) – 4x
  • DVD+R DL (double-layer) – 4x

The notebook comes with DDR2-667 SDRAM, the fastest memory type available today. Both slots are easily accessible, and each is occupied by a 1024MB module. The maximum supported amount of memory is 4096MB.

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 23°C during this test) and got the following numbers:

  • LCD panel (at the bottom) – 39°C
  • Keyboard (the touchpad, to be exact) – 36°C
  • Bottom panel (the exhaust hole) – 41°C

The next table lists detailed technical specs of the tested notebook in comparison with its opponent Dell Inspiron XPS M1210:

 
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