Most Popular Applications
We picked out a few applications that are most likely to be used on mobile platforms.
First of all we tested how fast our notebooks would be in a popular WinRAR archiving tool:
WinRAR doesn’t support multi-threading, however the performance in this application depends a lot on the memory subsystem. Since i945GM chipset ensures lower memory latency than its competitor, i915GM, Centrino Duo platform runs faster. Even lower clock frequency of the Core Duo processor doesn’t spoil the impression left by this platform.
Then, we paid special attention to audio-files encoding into the popular mp3 format.
Apple iTunes supports dual-core processors and allows using both computational cores efficiently during the encoding process. Therefore, the notebook based on Core Duo processor managed to leave its competitor far behind.
Besides the audio encoding speed, we have also looked at the video encoding.
Contemporary video codecs are optimized for multi-core processors. Therefore, the dual-core Core Duo speeds us ASUS W5F notebook based on Centrino Duo platform.
We have also tested how fast the images can be processed using popular Adobe Photoshop CS2 graphics editor.
The obtained results are absolutely logical: since most Photoshop filters are optimized for multi-threading, the notebook with a dual-core Intel Core Duo processor is much faster than the system with a single-core Pentium M.