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Performance

As usual, we will first run synthetic benchmarks.

The SiSoftware 2007 suite features an updated enhanced-functionality interface, runs on three platforms (Win32 x86, Win64 x64, WinCE ARM), contains 13 tests and 34 informational modules, and supports a large range of devices thanks to the developer’s collaboration with Intel, AMD, ATI, SiS and VIA. The program is supported in six languages and has a free Lite version for personal and educational purposes.

PCMark 2005 carries on the tradition of complex benchmarks of the series and uses fragments of real-life applications as tests. This makes it somewhat more relevant for end-users as opposed to fully synthetic benchmarks. After running a series of 11 tests on the different components of the system, the program calculates an overall performance score in units called PCMarks. PCMark 2005 can check a computer out at processing HD video and encoding audio, and offers enhanced tests of the CPU and hard disk under multi-threaded load. The overall score is calculated by the formula: PCMark Score = 87 x (the geometric mean of the basic tests) , where the geometric mean is calculated as (Result 1 x Result 2 x…)/the number of results.

The two competing notebooks – the tested ASUS A8Jp and its opponent ASUS W7J – are both based on the same Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor on the Merom core. That’s why their performance is nearly identical. The CPU clock rates are reduced by half in the battery mode to save power. The Merom’s SSE units have become 128-bit ones, and the Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor delivers far higher performance in SiSoftware Sandra’s multimedia tests than the Intel Core Duo on the Yonah core.

The notebooks have identical hard drives and, consequently, identical scores in the disk subsystem tests. The ASUS A8Jp performs better in the graphics and memory subsystem tests as it is equipped with a mainstream ATI Mobility Radeon X1700 and 667MHz memory as opposed to the W7J’s entry-level Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 and 533MHz memory.

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

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

The following table and diagrams show the outcome of these tests:

It’s no secret that PC Magazine ’s benchmarks put most of their load on the CPU. The notebooks have identical processors, so they have similar results here. The CPU clock rate is reduced in the battery mode to save power and performance of each notebook is greatly lowered then.

 
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