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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 results of the notebooks in the CPU tests are logical since the CPU frequency of the W2U00Jc02 is higher at 2.00GHz against the V6X00J011’s 1.83GHz. When the notebook is powered by its own battery and the Max Battery mode is enabled, the frequency of the T2500 processor is reduced by half to 1.00GHz, so its performance lowers to the level of the opponent. The graphics subsystem doesn’t behave too well here. It delivers superb performance when powered from the mains, just as you could have expected from an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory, but as soon as you disconnect the notebook’s power cord, there is an almost threefold performance hit. I suppose this rather fast graphics core just has to drop its performance by that much to save power in autonomous mode.

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 latest program versions were used, adapted specifically for dual-core processors. The results are presented in the following table and diagrams:

It is the CPU that largely determines the outcome of the Winstone tests. The ASUS W2U00Jc02 has 0.17GHz more of CPU frequency than the ASUS V6X00J011 and their results differ accordingly. The reviewed notebook is a top-of-the-line product for today, and it boasts the highest result in this test among all notebooks we’ve tested so far in our labs. When powered by its battery, the ASUS W2U00Jc02 delivers half its normal performance because of the twofold reduction of its CPU clock rate.

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