As usual, we will first run synthetic benchmarks, two versions of SiSoftware Sandra and two versions of PCMark.
SiSoftware Sandra measures the overall performance of the system as well as that of each of its subsystems, while PCMark benchmarks the computer’s performance in office and office-related applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, and disk subsystem).
Let’s first discuss the numbers we’ve got in the good old SiSoftware Sandra 2005 and PCMark 2004. Quite predictably, the CPU tests produce results proportional to the notebooks’ CPU clock rates. When the notebooks switch to their batteries and enable power-saving measures, their CPU frequencies are each dropped down to 1GHz, and the results become almost identical as a consequence. The file system tests produce similar results, too, because the notebooks’ hard drives have similar characteristics, except for storage capacity. The Lamborghini VX1’s memory subsystem delivers higher performance as it incorporates more memory working in dual-channel mode. Combined with the higher GPU frequency, this helped the Lamborghini VX1 win in the graphics subsystem test, too, as its GeForce Go 7400VX GPU could use its TurboCache technology to more effect.
We haven’t yet accumulated enough statistics in SiSoftware Sandra 2007 and PCMark 2005 to make any comparisons, but the results as such seem to be satisfactory and are generally alike to those of the previous versions of the benchmarks. We’ll use these data for comparisons in our upcoming notebook reviews.
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:
Having very similar hardware configurations, the Lamborghini VX1 and the ASUS V6J have similar results, too, the variation being due to the minor differences in the hardware parameters. The Lamborghini VX1 has a more powerful processor, dual-channel memory, and a somewhat faster GPU, so it is ahead of its opponent when both are powered from the electric mains. When the notebooks switch to their batteries, their results are lower, and become almost identical, due to the CPU frequency drop.