Next I tested the notebooks in a few real-life applications.
The identical CPUs produce almost identical results at encoding video.
MP3 encoding is performed at the same speed when the notebooks are powered from the mains. When powered from the battery, the VAIO is somewhat faster, probably due to its larger amount of system memory.
This test script from Adobe Photoshop emulates the processing of five 5-megapixel photographs. It is sensitive to the amount of system memory and the CR11SR/P wins again.
The notebooks have similar results in the Microsoft Excel test as they have similar hardware configurations.
Data compression is performed at the same speed, the minor advantage of the Sony notebook is due to the difference in the memory amount.
In the next test a script is used that prepares a video clip for uploading to YouTube. The clip was made out of four video fragments captured from a digital camera. There is nothing to comment on – the notebooks deliver similar results.
The results of the final rendering test are proportional to the CPU frequency.