Eurocom Monster 1.0 11.6" Gaming Notebook Review

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Test Methodology: As you'll note in the following pages of benchmarks, we've compared the Eurocom Monster to a few different machines. In every test case, we tried to leave each notebook as delivered to us from the manufacturers. This meant, after any pending Windows updates were installed, we disabled Windows update and also disabled any virus scanning software that may have been installed, so it wouldn't kick in during benchmark runs. That said, it's virtually impossible to ensure identical system configurations between notebooks; so we'll caution you that reference scores from the various test systems are listed in order to give you a general feel for performance between these similar class of machines and not for direct, apples-to-apples comparisons.

SiSoft SANDRA
Synthetic Benchmarks: CPU, RAM, HD

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2011, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2011 suite (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth and Physical Disk Performance).

    
SANDRA Processor Arithmetic and Multimedia Performance

    
SANDRA Memory Bandwidth and Physical Disk Performance

It’s almost impossible to build a rig with size and cost restrictions in mind without compromising somewhere. In the case of the Monster, that somewhere is in the graphics department, where it uses a solid but not particularly impressive NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M. As we’ll see on the next few pages, that will cost the Monster some points in a few benchmarks.

However, Eurocom made up for it by popping in a smoking fast Intel SSD, and in the SANDRA Physical Disk test, we see how powerful of a difference that can make. That 506MB/s blows away excellent some othher gaming systems like the Alienware M17x, which posted a score of just 87.34MB/s.

Otherwise, the SANDRA scores here are solid, if predictable.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
Storage Subsystem Read/Write Throughput

ATTO is another "quick and dirty" type of disk benchmark that measures transfer speeds across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and graphs them out in an easily interpreted chart. ATTO's workloads are sequential in nature and measure raw bandwidth, rather than I/O response time, access latency, etc. This test was performed on formatted drives with default NTFS partitions in Windows 7 x64.



Whereas rigs like the aforementioned M17x have lacked in the ATTO read/write test due to slower storage devices, we again see the performance benefit of the speedy SSD here.
 

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