As usual, we will first run the synthetic benchmarks SiSoftware Sandra 2004 and PCMark 2004. The former benchmark measures the overall performance of the system as well as that of each of its subsystems, while PCMark 2004 measures the performance of the computer in office and multimedia applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, and disk subsystem).
There’s no difference between the notebooks in the CPU and hard disk drive tests irrespective of the power source because these components are identical in both the models. The new model is, however, better in the memory and graphics subsystem performance tests because it comes with DDR2 SDRAM and features Graphics Media Accelerator 900. The results of the notebooks are almost two times lower when they are powered by the battery because the processor frequency is lowered down to 0.6GHz to save power in this mode. The same thing will be observed in other tests, too.
The Business Winstone 2004 test runs scripts of the following real-life office 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 2004 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 presented below:
These tests mostly load the system’s central processor. The notebooks of the T2 and TX series have the same CPU, and the small advantage of the Sony VAIO VGN-TX1XRP over its predecessor is due to a larger amount of memory, higher memory and bus frequencies, and, to some extent, to the improved graphics. The CPU frequency is reduced in two times when the notebook is powered by its battery and the results are accordingly smaller.