Our testing methods
Over the next few pages, you'll see the Zacate test build compared to two full-sized Optimus notebooks, the Asus N82Jv and 833Jc; three consumer ultraportables, the Acer Aspire 1810TZ, Acer Aspire 1830TZ, and Toshiba Satellite T235D; one netbook, the Eee PC 1015PN; and one Consumer Ultra-Low-Voltage nettop, the Zotac Zbox HD-ND22.
The 1015PN, N82Jv, U33Jc, and T235D were all tested twice: once plugged in and once unplugged using included "battery-saving" profiles. In the case of the 1015PN, N82Jv, and U33Jc, we compared the battery-saving results to those obtained using built-in "high-performance" modes. The N82Jv's battery-saving results were obtained with Asus' Super Hybrid Engine enabled, as well, which dropped the CPU clock speed from 2.4GHz to 0.9-1GHz depending on load. On the U33Jc, the high-performance profile included by Asus raised the maximum CPU clock speed from 2.4 to 2.57GHz. On the Eee PC 1015PN, the included Super Hybrid Engine "Super Performance Mode" raised the CPU speed by 25MHz, while the "Power Saving Mode" limited the CPU to about 1GHz and disabled the Nvidia GPU.
All tests were run at least three times, and we reported the median of those runs.
I should note that, in my hurry, I seem to have misplaced the version numbers for the Zacate system's graphics and audio drivers. Apologies for that. Also, for what it's worth, CPU-Z wouldn't report memory timings.
|System||AMD Zacate test system||Acer Aspire 1810TZ||Acer Aspire 1830TZ||Asus Eee PC 1015PN||Asus N82Jv||Asus U33Jc||Toshiba Satellite T235D-S1435||Zotac Zbox HD-ND22|
|Processor||AMD Zacate engineering sample 1.6GHz||Intel Pentium SU4100 1.3GHz||Intel Pentium U5400 1.2GHz||Intel Atom N550 1.5GHz||Intel Core i5-450M 2.4GHz||Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz||AMD Turion II Neo K625 1.5GHz||Intel Celeron SU2300 1.2GHz|
|North bridge||AMD Hudson FCH||Intel GS45 Express||Intel HM55 Express||Intel NM10||Intel HM55 Express||Intel HM55 Express||AMD M880G||Nvidia Ion|
|South bridge||Intel ICH9||AMD SB820|
|Memory size||4GB (2 DIMMs)||3GB (2 DIMMs)||3GB (2 DIMMs)||1GB (1 DIMM)||4GB (2 DIMMs)||4GB (2 DIMMs)||4GB (2 DIMMs)||4GB (2 DIMMs)|
|Memory type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz||DDR3 SDRAM at 800MHz||DDR3 SDRAM at 667MHz||DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz||DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz||DDR3 SDRAM at 800MHz||DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz|
|Audio||IDT codec||Realtek codec with 188.8.131.529 drivers||Realtek codec with 184.108.40.20643 drivers||Realtek codec with 220.127.116.1186 drivers||Realtek codec with 18.104.22.16824 drivers||Realtek codec with 22.214.171.12429 drivers||Realtek codec with 126.96.36.19972 drivers||Realtek codec with 188.8.131.5245 drivers|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 6310||Intel GMA 4500MHD with 184.108.40.2062 drivers||Intel HD Graphics with 220.127.116.117 drivers||Intel GMA 3150 with 18.104.22.1687 drivers
Nvidia Ion with 22.214.171.12412 drivers
|Intel HD Graphics with 126.96.36.1999 drivers
Nvidia GeForce 335M with 188.8.131.5296 drivers
|Intel HD Graphics with 184.108.40.2069 drivers
Nvidia GeForce 310M with 220.127.116.1121 drivers
|AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4225 with 8.723.2.1000 drivers||Nvidia Ion with 18.104.22.16899 drivers|
|Hard drive||Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB||Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 5,400-RPM||Toshiba MK3265GSX 320GB 5,400 RPM||Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 5,400-RPM||Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB 7,200-RPM||Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB 5,400-RPM||Toshiba MK3265GSX 320GB 5,400 RPM||Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 5,400 RPM|
|Operating system||Windows 7 Professional x64||Windows 7 Home Premium x64||Windows 7 Home Premium x64||Windows 7 Starter x86||Windows 7 Home Premium x64||Windows 7 Home Premium x64||Windows 7 Home Premium x64||Windows 7 Home Premium x64|
We used the following versions of our test applications:
All the tests and methods we employed are publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, hit our forums to talk with us about them.
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