As usual, we checked the performance of our systems in general-purpose applications with the help of SYSMark2004 SE test. This benchmark emulates the user’s work in popular applications involving a lot of multi-tasking. Before we pass over to the results, we would like to stress that SYSMark2004 SE is primarily positioned as a desktop testing suite. Therefore, it includes a lot of applications that can be far from typical for a mobile system. That is why we believe it makes more sense to provide the detailed results report focusing specifically on each type of the workload.
In this case we have an image rendered by 3ds max 5.1 into a bmp-file, while the user is preparing web-pages in Dreamweaver MX. Then the user renders some 3D animation into vector graphics format.
Since this work model uses a lot of heavy applications supporting multi-threading, the obtained results were quite expected. Dual-core Core Due processor makes the notebook run undoubtedly faster.
Now the test is emulating the user’s work in Premiere 6.5, when he is creating a video movie in raw-format from a few other movies and separate sound tracks. While waiting for the operation to be completed, the user is also modifying and saving to the hard drive a picture in Photoshop 7.01. When the video is finished, the user does the necessary editing and adds special effects to it in After Effects 5.5.
All three Adobe applications used in this test are optimized for multi-threading. We have already seen it many times. So, the obtained results are quite logical. Dual-core processor architecture once again proves how efficient it is.
Here, our hypothetical user extracts from the zip-archive the web-site content and at the same time opens an exported 3D vector video in Flash MX. Then the user modifies it by adding some new pictures and optimizes it for faster animation. The final video with applied special effects is then compressed with Windows Media Encoder 9 so that it could later be broadcast via internet. The created web-site is then composed in Dreamweaver MX, while the system is scanned for viruses with VirusScan 7.0.
Once again we can see that the notebook based on single-core Pentium M processor gave in to the faster leader. The reasons are the same: the software is optimized for multi-threaded environment and besides there are several tasks performed at the same time, which is exactly what the dual-core processors are best at.
In this case the scenario is quite typical of the average notebook user. Here the test is emulating the user’s work when he is receiving an e-mail in Outlook 2002 with a number of documents in a zip-file attached to it. While the files are being scanned for viruses with the VirusScan 7.0, the user is looking through the e-mails and makes notes in the Outlook calendar. After that the user checks a corporate web-site and some documents through Internet Explorer 6.0.
There are not that many parallel tasks here, so the notebooks built with Pentium M 760 and Core Duo T2400 processors perform almost equally fast. Although dual-core architecture still manages to show its bright side: if you remember the CPUs we compare work at different clock speeds of 2.0GHz and 1.83GHz respectively.
In this test the hypothetical user is editing some test in Word 2002 and uses Dragon NaturallySpeaking 6 to convert an audio file into a text document. The document is then converted into pdf-format in Acrobat 5.0.5. After that the prepared document is used to create a PowerPoint 2002 presentation.
Core Duo processor once again demonstrates its high potential in real tasks. Despite its lower clock frequency, it finishes the above described scenario faster than the single-core mobile Pentium M processor.
In the next test we see the following situation: the user opens a database in Access 2002 and creates a number of requests. The documents are archived with WinZip 8.1. The request results are exported into Excel 2002 and a diagram is created.
The results we see on this diagram can hardly surprise anyone now. Of course a CPU with two computational cores speeds up the user’s multi-tasking work in Windows XP operating system.