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As I wrote at the beginning of the review, the ASUS A6Q00Jc011 features the new single-core processor from Intel called Core Solo with a rating of T1300 and a clock rate of 1.66GHz. This CPU is based on the 65nm Yonah core and has 2MB of cache memory. Besides Intel’s traditional Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology that gives the notebook’s software and BIOS control over the CPU frequency multiplier (to reduce it under low loads), this CPU supports the Dynamic Cache Sizing feature (i.e. turns off unused cache segments to reduce power consumption). The Core Solo also supports the most recently added SSE3 instruction set. More information about the processor and the technologies it supports can be found at the manufacturer’s website.

The Napa platform also incorporates an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG adapter and an Intel Calistoga 945PM chipset. This chipset supports DDR2 SO-DIMMs, thus offering more memory bandwidth at lower power consumption, and a PCI Express x16 interface for an external graphics card. The ICH7-M chip is used as the chipset’s South Bridge and is connected to the North Bridge via a special-purpose Direct Media Interface. The South Bridge supports one Parallel ATA port, two Serial ATA ports, eight USB 2.0 ports and Intel High Definition Audio. It also offers six PCI Express x1 lanes to connect external devices.

The ASUS A6Q00Jc011 employs a discrete graphics processor Nvidia GeForce Go 7300 with TurboCache technology and 128MB of dedicated graphics memory. This graphics core is manufactured on 0.09-micron tech process and consumes less power as the result – the developer optimized it for thin, light and ultra-portable solutions. TurboCache technology enables the graphics processor to use the dedicated graphics memory along with a dynamically allotted portion of system RAM for higher overall performance. The GeForce Go 7300 can be given up to 256MB of system RAM if the total amount of system memory is below 1GB and up to 512MB if there are more than 1GB of system memory installed. This graphics processor also features Nvidia’s PureVideo technology that provides high-quality HD video playback and the power management technology PowerMizer 6.0. For more information about this GPU and the technologies it supports visit the Nvidia website.

The following table compares the GeForce Go 7300 graphics core with the GeForce Go 7400 – these are the graphics processors in the notebooks to be compared in our today’s tests.

The ASUS A6Q00Jc011 employs a Matshita UJ-841S DVD-burner and a 2.5” hard disk drive Fujitsu MHV2060AT PL with a spindle rotation speed of 4200rpm and a storage capacity of 60GB.

The notebook uses 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM. The memory slots are both easily accessible, one is already occupied with a 512MB module and the other is empty. So, you can add more memory to this notebook, up to the maximum supported amount of 2048MB.

I 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 – 32°C
  • Keyboard – 34°C
  • Bottom panel – 39°C

The table below lists the technical specs of the ASUS A6Q00Jc011 and compares them with those of the ASUS V6X00J011:

 
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