Being an extremely cheap notebook, the ASUS A6Rp is not based on the Napa platform, of course. As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the heart of this notebook is a Pentium Dual-Core T2060 processor with a clock rate of 1.60GHz (65nm Yonah core with 1 megabyte of shared L2 cache).
The CPU supports all the power-saving technologies implemented in the Yonah core: Enhanced Intel SpeedStep, Dynamic Power Coordination, and Dynamic Cache Resizing. It also supports SSE3 and the XD bit (hardware protection against CPU stack overflow). The not-very-demanded virtualization technology is the only feature that is disabled in the new Pentium.
The ASUS A6Rp features a rather bizarre tandem: an Intel CPU coupled with an AMD chipset. The Radeon Xpress 200M chipset features an integrated graphics core that can be allotted up to 128 megabytes of system memory for graphics applications by means of HyperMemory technology. The rest of the chipset’s characteristics are as follows: RX480 North Bridge, SB400 South Bridge, 800/1000MHz HyperTransport, one PCI Express x16 bus, four PCI Express x1 buses, support for up to seven PCI devices, eight USB 2.0 ports, four Serial ATA ports (1.5Gbps, with RAID 0 and 1 functionality), and High Definition Audio.
The notebook comes with a Hitachi HTS541616J9SA00 hard disk drive (2.5” form-factor, 5400rpm spindle rotation speed, 80GB capacity, UltraATA interface) and a Matshita UJ-850S DVD-burner with the following speed formula:
- DVD-RAM – 5x
- DVD-R – 8x
- DVD-R DL – 4x
- DVD-RW – 6x
- DVD +R – 8x
- DVD +RW – 8x
- DVD +R DL – 4x
- CD-R – 24x
- CD-RW – 16x
- DVD-ROM – 8x
- CD-ROM – 24x
The ASUS A6Rp is equipped with DDR2-533 SDRAM. One slot in the memory compartment is occupied by a 512MB module and the other is empty. The notebook supports a maximum of 2048MB of system RAM, so you’ve got an upgrade opportunity here. The memory works in single-channel mode, of course:
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 – 34°C
- Keyboard – 33°C
- Bottom panel – 35°C
The next table lists the technical specs of the tested notebook in comparison with its opponent Acer TravelMate 6463WLMi: