Next, we’ll check the racing notebook in SYSMark 2004 SE, which simulates a user who is solving practical tasks in a few popular applications in a multi-task environment. SYSMark 2004 SE is mainly positioned as a tool for testing desktop systems and includes applications that are not often run on mobile computers. That’s why the results for each test load are shown separately:
The 3D Creation script simulates a user who is rendering an image into a BMP-file in 3ds max 5.1 and is also working on web-pages in Dreamweaver MX. After these operations are over, a 3D animation is created in a vector graphics format.
The system is loaded with rather heavy applications here, which are sensitive to the CPU speed. Having a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo T2500, the ASUS Lamborghini VX1 delivers appropriate performance. When the notebook works on its battery, its performance is lowered by half just as the CPU frequency is.
The 2D Creation script simulates a user creating a video out of a few RAW-format fragments and a few audio tracks in Premier 6.5. Waiting for the operations to complete, the user is also modifying an image in Photoshop 7.01 and then saves it on the disk. When the video clip is ready, the user edits it and adds special effects in After Effects 5.5.
The three applications employed in this script are all optimized for multi-core processors and the dual-core architecture shows its best here.
The next test simulates the work routines of a professional web-master. The user unzips the content of a website while using Flash MX to open an exported 3D vector graphics clip. Then the user modifies it by including more pictures and optimizes it for faster animation. The resulting clip with special effects is compressed with Windows Media Encoder 9 to be broadcast via the Internet. Next, the website is compiled in Dreamweaver MX while the system is being scanned for viruses with VirusScan 7.0 in the background.
The result depends on the CPU frequency, again.
The next script simulates an ordinary user who’s receiving a letter with a .zip attachment in Outlook 2002. While the received files are being scanned for viruses with VirusScan 7.0, the user looks through his e-mail, enters some comments into the Outlook calendar, and then opens a corporate website and some documents with Internet Explorer 6.0.
The score is high. The notebook’s performance doesn’t degenerate by half as in the previous tests because the CPU frequency is not a crucial factor here.
In the Document Creation script the user is editing text in Word 2002 and is also using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to convert an audio file into a text document. This text document is then converted into PDF format with Acrobat 5.0.5. And finally, the document is employed in a PowerPower 2002 presentation.
The notebook delivers high performance when powered from the mains, but the CPU frequency drop affects its performance when it works on the battery.
The final script from SYSMark 2004 SE includes the following: the user opens a database in Access 2002 and creates a few queries. Documents are archived with WinZip 8.1. The results of the queries are exported into Excel 2002 and are used to construct a diagram.
Not a high score here. But the result is good enough in the battery mode.