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Configuration

The ASUS X80L is based on an Intel Celeron M 550 processor with a clock rate of 2.0GHz (65nm Merom core with 1MB L2 cache, a TDP of 27W). The FSB frequency is 533MHz. This is the simplest single-core processor from Intel.


Intel Celeron M 550: cache-memory

The Intel Celeron M processor is a greatly cut-down version of the Core 2 micro-architecture that provides an optimal balance between performance, power consumption and price. The purpose of such a CPU is in using a high-performance core in inexpensive notebooks. The Celeron M lacks all the power-saving technologies of the Merom series, but unlike its predecessors on the Yonah core the CPU with a rating of 520 and higher supports the 64-bit extensions to the x84 architecture called Intel EM64T.


Intel Celeron M 550: frequency

Although the Celeron M is known to be based on the Merom core, the latest version of CPU-Z reported a Conroe core, which was wrong.

The notebook features the Intel Crestline GL960. Unlike the Crestline GM965, this chipset does not allow to connect a discrete graphics core. GL960-based notebooks can only use the integrated GMA X3100.

GMA X3100 is the first graphics core from Intel to support shaders on the GPU. As a result, the new integrated chipset features improved performance and compatibility with 3D applications, particularly with Windows Vista’s Aero interface. The X3100 can also support DirectX 10. The new core is clocked at a frequency of 500MHz and incorporates 8 unified shader processors for 3D rendering as well as for video playback acceleration. Thanks to them, the X3100 provides hardware acceleration and post-processing for video content in MPEG-2 and WMV9 formats (Intel Clear Video technology). The core doesn’t support the new compression standards H.264 and VC-1 (Blu-ray and HD-DVD), though. Besides higher performance, the new graphics core has acquired more advanced power-saving features, mostly meant to reduce the consumption of the LCD panel which is the main power consumer in a notebook together with the CPU. The X3100 supports Display Power Saving Technology 3.0 that is automatically adjusts the brightness and contrast of the screen to reduce power consumption yet keep the image quality high. The Display Refresh Rate Switching technology can be used to reduce the refresh rate of the screen when the notebook works on its battery (this provokes no flicker on LCD displays).


Intel X3100

The FSB frequency is 533MHz while the maximum amount of system memory is 2 gigabytes. The Crestline GL960 doesn’t offer the option of remote administration (ATM), but that’s not important for ordinary users.

The chipset’s South bridge is an ICH8-M chip that features the integrated audio core Intel High Definition Audio.

The notebook is equipped with an Atheros AR5007EG adapter that supports 802.11b/g. If the combination of Intel Pentium Dual-Core with Crestline GM965 and Intel’s wireless adapter could be called Santa Rosa Light, this combination (Celeron M, Crestline GL960 and Atheros AR5007EH) is something like Ultra Light.

The X80L is also equipped with a WD1200BEVS-22UST0 hard disk drive (2.5-inch form-factor, 5400rpm spindle rotation speed, 120GB capacity, SATA interface) and a TSST TS-L632HDVD-burner with the following speed formula:

The X80L comes with two 1GB modules of DDR2-533 SDRAM. The memory subsystem works in dual-channel mode as reported by CPU-Z. You cannot increase the amount of system memory as it is already at the maximum.


Dual-channel memory mode

The following table lists the specifications of the X80L.

 
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