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Performance

You can’t really expect a mind-blowing performance from such a small computer with a 1.2GHz processor and the integrated graphics from the first version of the Centrino platform. Do not forget, however, that it is a Pentium M, rather than an ordinary desktop Pentium, and it has a difference frequency/performance ratio.

Well, let’s get closer to the tests now. As usual, I will first run the synthetic SiSoftware Sandra 2004 and PCMark 2004. The former benchmark measures the performance of the system at large as well as that of each of its subsystems. PCMark 2004, in its turn, measures the performance of the computer at running office and multimedia applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, hard disk).

The results are not very high, but it is a sub-notebook after all. When the notebook is powered by its own battery, the CPU frequency is stepped down to 0.6GHz and the computer’s results go down as a consequence.

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

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

The results of these two tests are tabled and diagrammed below:

Again, the results are not high, but expectable considering the configuration of the given sub-notebook. Note also that the performance of the computer when it is powered by its battery is about half its normal performance.

 
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