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Configuration

The ASUS R1F is based on a dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 processor with a clock rate of 1.66GHz (65nm Merom core with 2 megabytes of shared L2 cache).

The Core 2 Duo supports Intel’s 64-bit extensions to the x86 architecture and also features Intel Wide Dynamic Execution technology which means more decoders and execution units in the CPU core. The speed of processing SSE and floating-point instructions has been increased, too.

 

Besides Intel’s traditional Enhanced SpeedStep technology that gives the notebook’s software and BIOS the control over the CPU frequency multiplier (to reduce it under low loads), this CPU supports Dynamic Power Coordination (the power consumption of the cores can be independently adjusted depending on the current load; one core may even slip into Deep Sleep mode with the lowest power consumption possible) and Dynamic Cache Sizing (unused segments of the CPU cache can be turned off to save power). For more information about Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors refer to our article called Intel Core 2 Duo in Notebooks: Centrino Duo Platform Refreshed.

 

This implementation of the refresh version of the Napa platform also incorporates an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG adapter and an Intel Calistoga 945GM chipset. The chipset supports DDR2 SO-DIMMs, thus offering more memory bandwidth at lower power consumption, and a PCI Express x16 interface for an external graphics card. The ICH7-M chip is used as the chipset’s South Bridge. Connected to the North Bridge via a special-purpose Direct Media Interface, the South Bridge supports one Parallel ATA port, two Serial ATA ports, eight USB 2.0 ports and Intel High Definition Audio. It also offers six PCI Express x1 lanes for external devices. For more information about the platform, visit the manufacturer’s website.

The i945GM chipset incorporates Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator 950. As opposed to GMA 900, this integrated graphics core supports higher core frequencies (up to 400MHz) and a larger amount of dynamically allotted memory (up to 224MB). GMA 950 has four pixel pipelines and can map four textures per clock cycle. Like GMA 900, it supports DirectX 9 and Pixel Shader 2.0 on the GPU and Vertex Shader 3.0 and T&L on the CPU. GMA 950 is a fully DirectX 9-compliant, though. The detailed specification of the GMA 950 can be found at the manufacturer’s website.

The notebook comes with a Fujitsu MHV2120BH PL hard disk drive (2.5” form-factor, 5400rpm spindle rotation speed, 120GB capacity, Serial ATA interface) and a slot-loaded Matsushita UJ-85JS DVD-burner with the following speed formula:

Writing:

  • CD-R – 24x
  • CD-RW – 16x
  • DVD-R – 8x
  • DVD+R – 8x
  • DVD+RW – 8x
  • DVD-RW – 6x
  • DVD-RAM – 5x
  • DVD-R DL (double-layer) – 4x
  • DVD+R DL (double-layer) – 4x

Reading:

  • CD-ROM – 24x
  • CD-R – 24x
  • CD-RW – 24x
  • DVD-ROM – 8x
  • DVD-R – 8x
  • DVD+R – 8x
  • DVD-R DL (double-layer) – 6x
  • DVD+R DL (double-layer) – 6x
  • DVD-RW – 6x
  • DVD+RW – 6x
  • DVD-RAM – 5x

The ASUS R1F is equipped with DDR2-677 SDRAM, the fastest memory type available today. Each slot in the memory compartment is occupied by a 512MB module. The notebook supports a maximum of 2048MB of system RAM, so you’ve got an upgrade opportunity here. The memory works in dual-channel mode:

You can see an ASUS Green label here meaning that the notebook is RoHS directive compliant, i.e. it is manufactured without lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and polybrominated flame retardants.

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 – 38°C
  • Keyboard – 34°C
  • Bottom panel – 37°C
  • Vent hole on the left – 42°C

The next table lists the technical specs of the tested notebook in comparison with its opponent Acer TravelMate 6463WLMi:

 
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