As usual, I will first run synthetic benchmarks.
SiSoftware Sandra 2004 measures the overall performance of the system as well as that of each of its subsystems, while PCMark 2004 benchmarks the computer performance in office and multimedia applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, and disk subsystem).
The numbers reported by the CPU test are proportional to the CPU frequencies of the two notebooks. When the notebooks switch to their batteries and begin to work in power-saving mode, their CPU frequency is reduced to 1GHz and they get nearly identical CPU scores in the test. The ASUS S6F wins the disk and memory subsystem tests due to its faster hard disk drive and larger amount of system memory working in dual-channel mode. The same factors contribute to its winning PCMark 2004’s graphics subsystem test.
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 determines the 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 results of these tests:
Notwithstanding its weaker CPU, the ASUS S6F delivers higher performance in every test from PC Magazine thanks to its faster disk subsystem and larger amount of system memory. When working on the batteries, the notebooks’ performance declines proportionally to the CPU frequency drop.