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Performance Analysis

If you want all the results right now, and for easy comparison of the tested notebook models, here is a summary table where the maximums in each of the tests are marked in red.

To make a correct comparison, you may also want to take a look at the table of technical characteristics of the notebooks.

I say the overall picture is funny enough. If we put aside the battery life tests, two notebooks have won the most subtests and they are Acer Aspire 3003NLC and Samsung P28! The former wins the CPU and memory tests and is the fastest at executing the scripts of multimedia applications in Multimedia Content Creation Winstone. The latter is superior in the tests of the graphics and disk subsystems as well as in the scripts from Business Winstone 2004 (for which the hard drive performance is very important). But let’s discuss the things in some order, one test after another.

PCMark04

These diagrams have one thing in common. As you can see, the leader is the same in each of them and it is Acer Aspire 3003NLC. The other notebooks are so close to each other that we can regard them all as having roughly the same performance. It’s only on the diagram of the memory subsystem test that the numbers differ a lot – we’ve got roughly three groups of notebooks there. The first group is comprised of the Acer Aspire 3003NLC alone; the second consists of all the notebooks on the Intel chipset; the two “alternatives” on the VIA and ATI chipsets make up the third group. It seems that manufacturers other than Intel just can’t develop a chipset for Intel’s processors capable to match Intel’s own chipsets. Well, I don’t think this is news to anyone, so let’s get back to the notebooks.

Nothing very surprising here – the Mobility Radeon 9000 graphics controller in the Samsung P28 is beyond competition in 3D applications as far as the term “3D graphics” can be applied to this category of notebooks. The Samsung is followed by the two models with Intel’s latest graphics core GMA900. Among the rest of the notebooks you may want to note (out of pure theoretical interest) the results of the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2030 with the UniChrome Pro graphics core and of the Acer Aspire 3003NLC with the SiS M760GX. The former was a good match to Intel Extreme Graphics 2, but the latter failed completely and disappointed me a lot – such a powerful computer calls for something better than such a weak graphics controller. The failure of the ASUS A3500L was somewhat surprising, too. It’s not typical of products from that brand to take the last place in a test, and the ASUS did somewhat better in 3DMark 2001SE (see below).

We’ve got curious numbers in this test – the last four models don’t seem to differ in anything, save for the name. As for the others, it’s more or less understandable. Samsung doesn’t hesitate to install new hard disk drives with a spindle rotation speed of 5400rpm even into low-end notebooks. The other leaders must be following the same policy, with variations due to the performance of the disk controller.

 
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