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Synthetic Benchmarks

As usual, we will first run our synthetic benchmarks.

The SiSoftware 2007 suite features an updated enhanced-functionality interface, runs on three platforms (Windows x86, Windows x64, WinCE ARM), contains 13 tests and 34 informational modules, and supports a large range of hardware 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 use and educational purposes. SiSoftware Sandra measures the overall performance of the system as well as that of each of its subsystems.

PCMark benchmarks computer’s performance in office and office-related applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, and disk subsystem). 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 multithreaded 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…) divided by the number of results.

PCMark Vantage is the first synthetic benchmarking suite developed for Vista. It contains more tests than the previous versions of the benchmark.

Notwithstanding the difference in FSB frequency between the T5550 and T7100 processors, the notebooks deliver similar performance in the CPU tests. When powered by the batteries, the notebooks slow down because their CPU frequencies are cut down. The T5550 has a bottom CPU clock rate of 1GHz whereas the T7100, 0.8GHz. The notebooks have the same amount of system memory, but it works in dual-channel mode in the Vostro 1400. Oddly enough, the larger disk Momentus ST9160821AS is superior to the smaller disk from the same series. The graphics subsystems behave alike to the CPUs, which is normal.

The new version of SYSMark is intended to reveal a system’s performance under different types of load. It simulates a user who is solving practical tasks in a few popular applications. The benchmark issues a few ratings that are indicative of the system performance under different loads. The results for each test load are shown separately:

This result might be predicted: the Dell Vostro is somewhat faster because it has a higher FSB frequency and dual-channel memory. The T5550 processor has a higher frequency in the battery mode: the ASUS notebook wins but its CPU consumes more power than the other notebook’s.

The E-Learning test emulates the creation of an educational website with diverse media content. This script makes use of the following applications: Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Macromedia Flash 8 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2003.

The results are due to the difference in FSB frequency and memory mode and to the lack of FSB Frequency Switching technology in the T5550 processor (this can be seen in the battery mode). The other tests will prove the same.

Of course, you can install a second memory stick into the F9E and enable dual-channel memory access for higher performance. The Dell Vostro 1400 has two 512MB memory modules, and you’ll have to replace both with 1GB modules if you want to have more system memory.

The next script is about creating video clips using special effects. The clips are combined out of several sources, including static images. The result is prepared in two formats: HD and for online viewing. The following software is utilized here: Adobe After Effects 7, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9, and Sony Vegas 7.

This test depends on CPU performance.

The Productivity test models typical office activities such as sending e-mail, processing data, managing a project, working with documents. Applications employed: Microsoft Excel 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2003, Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Project 2003, and WinZip 10.0.

This test is sensitive to CPU performance as well as to disk performance. However, the notebooks have HDDs from the same series, so their results are explained by the differences between their CPUs.

The final script from SYSMark 2007 is about creating an architectural presentation including a photorealistic image of the building and a clip with a flyby of it. Two applications are used: AutoDesk 3ds Max 8 and SketchUp 5.

The notebooks have identical integrated graphics cores and perform in a similar manner. The difference in the battery mode is due to the difference in CPU frequencies, power-saving technologies and memory access modes.

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