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Performance

PCMark benchmarks computer’s performance in office and office-related applications. The overall score is calculated by the formula: PCMark Score = 87 x (the geometric mean of the basic tests), where the geometric mean is calculated as (Result 1 x Result 2 x…) divided by the number of results. The Vantage version focuses on typical work scenarios rather than on computer components as in the earlier versions.

The overall result and the results of the individual scenarios are not high because the Celeron M is a single-core CPU. The CPU doesn’t have any power-saving technologies, but Windows Vista can enable software throttling, and the notebook’s performance is reduced twofold in the battery mode. As opposed to Core 2 Duo processor, this has little effect on power consumption, though. PCMark Vantage can’t reveal the gaming capabilities of the notebook fully, yet it is already clear that the X80L is not meant for playing games.

The new version of SYSMark is intended to reveal a system’s performance under different types of load. It simulates a user who is solving practical tasks in a few popular applications. The benchmark issues a few ratings that are indicative of the system performance under different loads.

The E-Learning test emulates the creation of an educational website with diverse media content. This script makes use of the following applications: Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Macromedia Flash 8 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2003. The Video Creation scenario is about creating video clips using special effects. The clips are combined out of several sources, including static images. The result is prepared in two formats: HD and for online viewing. The following software is utilized here: Adobe After Effects 7, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9, and Sony Vegas 7. The next test, Productivity, emulates typical office activities such as sending e-mail, processing data, managing a project, working with documents. Applications employed: Microsoft Excel 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2003, Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Project 2003, and WinZip 10.0. And finally, the 3D script from SYSMark 2007 is about creating an architectural presentation including a photorealistic image of the building and a clip with a flyby of it. Two applications are used: AutoDesk 3ds Max 8 and SketchUp 5.

Despite the rather high clock rate of the Celeron M, 2.0GHz, SYSMark 2007 doesn’t run fast on the single-core processor. On the other hand, the X80L has enough resources for running office applications and for Web surfing.

3DMark uses its own rendering engine to create a set of 3D scenes that load the graphics subsystem in various ways.

The X80L is surely not a gaming notebook. The notebook is twice slower when working on its battery.

The real games agree with the synthetic benchmark. The X80L cannot be used to play modern 3D games.

Battery life is just as important a parameter of a notebook as its performance. The notebook’s battery life was measured with MobileMark 2007. We disabled standby and hibernate mode for the test.

The first scenario, Productivity, emulates the user’s working in typical office applications. The load is not constant as the user is frequently distracting from his work. The second scenario measures the notebook’s battery life when the user is reading text from the screen in Adobe Reader. The third scenario is about DVD playback in InterVideo WinDVD.

The Celeron M doesn’t have power-saving technologies, and this has a negative effect on the notebook’s battery life. It can last 2 hours with something under low load. You can only watch a short movie on the X80L in autonomous mode. So, this notebook should not be carried far away from the wall socket.

 
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