The ASUS A3500Vc03 is based on the Intel Pentium M 740 processor (1.73GHz clock rate, Dothan core manufactured on 90nm tech process with strained silicon technology, and 2MB cache memory). The processor supports Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology that allows the notebook to lower the CPU frequency at low loads.
The notebook is an implementation of the Sonoma platform. The Intel 915PM chipset supports Intel High Definition Audio technology, a graphical PCI Express port for an external graphics card, up to 2GB of DDR2-533 or -400 SDRAM with single- or dual-channel access, and Serial ATA hard drives.
Instead of using the integrated graphics core, the A3500Vc03 offers a discrete ATI Mobility Radeon X700 controller with 64MB of dedicated graphics memory. This is a mainstream GPU with higher performance than the X600 and not much slower than the X800 series. The 110nm RV410 chip has fewer execution units than more advanced chips and thus requires less power. Besides the traditional power-saving methods like reducing the core clock rate or screen brightness when working on the battery and varying the GPU frequency depending on load, PowerPlay 5.0 supports Dynamic Lane Count Switching technology to vary the number of PCI Express lanes used to transfer data between the CPU and the graphics controller.
The notebook employs a 2.5” Fujitsu MHV2100AT hard disk drive with a spindle rotation speed of 4200rpm and a storage capacity of 100GB.
The Matshita UJ-841S DVD-burner in this notebook has the following speed formula:
- DVD+R - 8x
- DVD+RW - 4x
- DVD+R DL - 2.4x
- DVD-R - 8x
- DVD-RW - 4x
- DVD-ROM - 8x
- CD-R - 24x
- CD-RW - 10x
- CD-ROM - 24x
The notebook uses DDR2 SDRAM which is more economical than DDR1. Both the memory slots are easily accessible. One is already occupied with a 512MB module; the other is free. So it is easy to extend the memory subsystem up to the supported maximum of 2048MB.
The notebook was rather quiet and cool at work. I measured the temperature of the hottest spots on its 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 – 31°C
- Keyboard – 38°C
- Bottom panel – 44°C
The table below lists the technical specs of the ASUS A3500Vc03 and compares them with those of the ASUS A6Q00K: