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As usual, I will first run the synthetic benchmarks SiSoftware Sandra 2004 and PCMark 2004. The former benchmark measures the overall performance of the system as well as that of each of its subsystems, while PCMark 2004 measures the performance of the computer in office and multimedia applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, and disk subsystem).

It’s easy to explain the results: the ASUS A6Q00K has a faster hard drive and a slightly higher CPU clock rate, so it wins the CPU and HDD tests, but the A3500Vc03 is better in the memory and graphics subsystem tests because it features a more advanced graphics solution and DDR2 SDRAM. The performance of the reviewed notebook is almost two times lower when it works on its battery because the CPU frequency is half the default one in the battery saving mode due to Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology.

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

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

The results of these two tests are presented below:

It is the CPU that bears the biggest load in the Winstone tests. This is why the ASUS A6Q00K with a higher CPU clock rate and with a larger amount of graphics memory, even though of an older variety, wins here. The CPU frequency is two times lower in the power saving mode, so the performance of the notebooks drops down accordingly.

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