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So, today we’ve got two multimedia applications oriented notebooks with rather advanced and similar configurations. Let’s see which is better. As usual, I will first run synthetic benchmarks. SiSoftware Sandra 2004 measures the overall performance of the system as well as that of each of its subsystems, while PCMark 2004 benchmarks the computer performance in office and multimedia applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, and disk subsystem).

The two notebooks have identical CPUs, so they score about the same number of points in the CPU tests in both power modes. When the notebooks work on their batteries, in the Max Battery mode, the frequency of the Intel Core Duo T2500 processor is lowered to 1.00GHz with a consequent drop of the results. The ASUS W2U00Jc02 wins the memory tests because it has more system memory which is also clocked at a higher frequency. As for the graphics subsystem tests, the Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 GT looks better than the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600. The latter has lower GPU and memory frequencies and its power-management technologies work more aggressively to save power.

The Business Winstone 2004 test runs scripts of the following real-life office applications, several scripts at a time to simulate multi-tasking: Internet Explorer, Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Project, PowerPoint, FrontPage, WinZip, and Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition.

The Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 test determines the performance of a computer in the following multimedia applications: Windows Media Encoder, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere, NewTek LightWave 3D, Steinberg WaveLab, Micromedia Dreamweaver MX, and Micromedia Director MX.

The latest program versions were used, adapted specifically for dual-core processors. The results are presented in the following table and diagrams.

It is the CPU that bears the highest load in the benchmark from PC Magazine, but the ASUS W2U00Jc02 wins the test when powered from an AC source because it has more memory, a higher memory frequency and a faster disk subsystem. The results of the notebooks become closer when they switch to their batteries and lower their CPU clock rates to 1.00GHz.

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