Asus Ion 2-Powered Eee PC 1201PN Review

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Asus Eee PC 1201PN

Intel Atom N450
(1.66GHz)

2GB DDR2

NVIDIA GeForce 201M
(Ion 2)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (32-bit)

12" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
 MSI Wind U135

Intel Atom N450
(1.66GHz)

1GB DDR2

Intel GMA 3150


On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x160GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Starter (32-bit)

10" LED LCD Display
(native 1024x600)
HP Mini 311

Intel Atom N270
(1.6GHz)

2GB DDR2

NVIDIA Ion GPU
(Based on 9400M)


On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA


Windows 7 Home
Premium (32-bit)

11.6" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Asus Eee PC 1201N

Intel Atom 330
(1.6GHz)

2GB DDR2

NVIDIA Ion GPU
(Based on 9400M)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7 Home
Premium SP1 (32-bit)

12.1" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)



 Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.



While we stated that you can't really feel any real-world differences between the new setup and the Eee PC 1201N, there are slight gains here in the benchmarks that at least keep us from thinking that we're crazy. And by crazy, we mean, thinking that we've actually been shipped a 1201N by mistake. You'll notice higher (barely) scores in 3 or the 4 3DMark 06 benchmarks when comparing the 1201PN to the 1201N, but none are so far ahead that you'll actually feel it in use.


Asus Eee PC 1201PN 3DMark 06 CPU Score; Click To Enlarge




 Performance Comparisons with Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmarkvantage/introduction/

We ran the Eee PC 1201PN through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric PCMark Vantage. This benchmark suite creates a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core processors.



We ran the test three times to make sure, but the scores shown here are correct. The Eee PC 1201PN actually fell somewhat short of the marks set by the Eee PC 1201N. The primary reason? In our estimation, it's the CPU. The 1201N shipped with a dual-core Atom 330. (Just for some perspective; in the Windows 7 Rating for the 1201N, the CPU scored a 3.3, while the CPU score on this 1201PN was 2.3.) This dual core chip is more robust than the single core Atom N450 which resides in the 1201PN. The Atom N450 is geared for low-power, along with its integrated Intel graphics core. In theory, we should see higher battery life scores on the 1201PN compared to the 1201N in order to compensate somewhat for the hit in performance on the benchmarks.


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