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Performance

Synthetic Benchmarks

As usual, we will first run our synthetic benchmarks.

The SiSoftware 2007 suite features an updated enhanced-functionality interface, runs on three platforms (Windows x86, Windows x64, WinCE ARM), contains 13 tests and 34 informational modules, and supports a large range of hardware devices thanks to the developer’s collaboration with Intel, AMD, ATI, SiS and VIA. The program is supported in six languages and has a free Lite version for personal use and educational purposes. SiSoftware Sandra measures the overall performance of the system as well as that of each of its subsystems.

PCMark benchmarks computer’s performance in office and office-related applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, and disk subsystem). PCMark 2005 carries on the tradition of complex benchmarks of the series and uses fragments of real-life applications as tests. This makes it somewhat more relevant for end-users as opposed to fully synthetic benchmarks. After running a series of 11 tests on the different components of the system, the program calculates an overall performance score in units called PCMarks. PCMark 2005 can check a computer out at processing HD video and encoding audio, and offers enhanced tests of the CPU and hard disk under multithreaded load. The overall score is calculated by the formula: PCMark Score = 87 x (the geometric mean of the basic tests), where the geometric mean is calculated as (Result 1 x Result 2 x…) divided by the number of results.

PCMark Vantage is the first synthetic benchmarking suite developed for Vista. It contains more tests than the previous versions of the benchmark.

The identical CPUs produce identical results. When powered by the batteries, the notebooks are slower because their CPU clock rates are reduced to save power. PCMark’s graphics tests indicate that the notebooks’ graphics subsystems are in fact identical. Although the Toshiba has two times more memory than Dell Vostro 1400, the results of the memory subsystem tests are similar, too. Oddly enough, the Toshiba MK1637GSX disk is better than the Seagate Momentus ST9120822AS although the latter has a higher spindle rotation speed (well, the rotation speed is not the only factor that affects a hard drive’s performance as we know from our earlier tests).

The new version of SYSMark is intended to reveal a system’s performance under different types of load. It simulates a user who is solving practical tasks in a few popular applications. The benchmark issues a few ratings that are indicative of the system performance under different loads. The results for each test load are shown separately:

Having two times more system memory, the Satellite U300-111 beats its opponent easily. The results are lower by about 50% when the notebooks are powered by their batteries.

The E-Learning test emulates the creation of an educational website with diverse media content. This script makes use of the following applications: Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Macromedia Flash 8 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2003.

Like the Sony VAIO VGN-CR11SR/P, the Satellite U300-111 comes with a larger amount of system memory and is thus superior to the Dell. This SYSMark 2007 test seems to be sensitive to the amount of system memory as well as to CPU performance.

The next script is about creating video clips using special effects. The clips are combined out of several sources, including static images. The result is prepared in two formats: HD and for online viewing. The following software is utilized here: Adobe After Effects 7, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9, and Sony Vegas 7.

2 gigabytes of system memory provides a performance boost for the Satellite U300-111.

The Productivity test models typical office activities such as sending e-mail, processing data, managing a project, working with documents. Applications employed: Microsoft Excel 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2003, Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Project 2003, and WinZip 10.0.

This test seems to focus on disk performance, and the Dell Vostro 1400 has a faster HDD. This resembles the tests of the Sony VAIO VGN-CR11SR/P.

The final script from SYSMark 2007 is about creating an architectural presentation including a photorealistic image of the building and a clip with a flyby of it. Two applications are used: AutoDesk 3ds Max 8 and SketchUp 5.

The notebooks have identical integrated graphics cores and perform in a similar manner.

 
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