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The most exciting feature of the ASUS Z83Db is that it is based on AMD’s single-core Turion 64 processor from the “cold” MT series and with a rating number of 34, which stands for a core frequency of 1.8GHz and a typical heat dissipation of 25W. This is quite comparable with the corresponding parameters of Intel’s Pentium M and Core Solo processors. This Turion is based on the Lancaster core (it is a mobile version of the San Diego S754, manufactured on 90nm tech process using Silicon-on-insulator and Dual stress liner technologies). The CPU is equipped with a 1MB L2 cache, supports the 64-bit extensions and HyperTransport and has 128KB of L1 cache memory (64KB for data and instructions each). It also supports PowerNow! technology that allows to adjust the CPU voltage and clock rate (by varying its frequency multiplier) and switch it into the additional power-saving state C3 Deeper Sleep similar to the appropriate state of the Pentium M.

The next two screenshots show the parameters of the CPU as reported by CPU-Z in the two test modes that I will describe at length in the next section.

 

This Turion 64 platform is based on the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 chipset that features the following characteristics:

  • Supports AMD Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Turion processors
  • 800/1000MHz HyperTransport
  • Compatible with the PCI Express 1.0a specification, supports up to 4 PCI Express x1 slots
  • Up to eight USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to four Serial-ATA ports with support for RAID 0 and 1
  • Two ATA/133 channels for four devices

The ASUS Z83Db has a discrete graphics core connected via PCI Express. It is ATI Radeon Mobility X700 with 128 megabytes of dedicated graphics memory. This 0.11-micron chip features low power consumption and supports a number of exclusive technologies like SmartShader HD, SmoothVision HD, 3Dc, HYPER Z HD, VideoShader HD (these are all meant to improve image quality). It also features the fifth generation of the power-saving PowerPlay technology.

The notebook is equipped with a 2.5” hard disk drive Fujitsu MHV2100AH (5400rpm, 100GB capacity, UltraATA interface) and a Matshita UJ-841S DVD-burner with the following speed formula:

  • 5x DVD-RAM Writing
  • 8x DVD-R Writing
  • 2x DVD-R DL Writing
  • 4x DVD-RW Writing
  • 8x +R Writing
  • 2.4x +R DL Writing
  • 4x +RW Writing
  • 24x CD-R Writing
  • 10x CD-RW Writing
  • 8x DVD-ROM Reading
  • 24x CD-ROM Reading
 
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