Acer Iconia Tab W510 Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet

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Next, we'll take a look at how the Acer Iconia W510 tablet compares to other tablets by running and examining a few benchmarks that are currently available. Because this system is a bit of a mix between a tablet and an ultrabook, we ran many of the same benchmarks you'll see in our other ultrabook and tablet reviews.

Synthetic Benchmarks: CPU & RAM

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, File System).


SANDRA CPU and Multimedia Benchmarks


SANDRA Memory and File System Benchmarks

As you can see, the dual-core Z2760 holds its own compared to other Atom processors in the Processor Arithmetic test. In the Multi-Media test, the Z2760 in the Iconia W510 also performs well in comparison to the competition. Looking at the Memory Bandwidth and File System Bandwidth tests, we see more of the same: The Iconia W510 may not earn the top spot, but it's not far behind the low power competition either.

PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance
Futuremark’s PCMark 7 is a well-known benchmark tool that runs the system through ordinary tasks, including word processing and multimedia playback and editing. Graphics and processor power figure prominently in this benchmark, but graphics power doesn’t play as big a role here as it does in another Futuremark benchmark, 3DMark (which is designed for testing the system’s gaming capabilities).
To be honest, we're not surprised the Iconia W510 came in at the bottom on this test. After all if you look at the comparison systems, all of them except the Samsung ATIV 500T feature much more powerful processors and graphics. As we test more Windows 8 tablets in the coming months, we'll get a fairer picture as to how the W510 compares to similarly-equipped systems.

SunSpider and Rightware BrowserMark
Javascript and HTML5 Browser Testing

SunSpider measures JavaScript performance, which is very common workload for web applications and sites when browsing the Internet.  It's also one of the few cross-platform benchmarks we can use to measure performance, though it is dependent on hardware, operating system and browser performance.


The Iconia W510 earns second place in this test, coming in just behind the similarly-equipped Samsung ATIV. As you can see, these two Windows 8 systems outscore many other systems in our comparison by a comfortable margin.  Intel's new Clover Trail architecture inherently does will with this test.

Not too long ago, Rightware created a newer generation of its BrowserMark (version 2.0) benchmark that uses a new scoring scale. As a result, our comparison systems are a bit more limited.


Even though Rightware said our browser was superior to only 14% of all desktop browsers, the Iconia W510 scored well in this test if you compare it to many of the mobile devices we have for comparison. Keep in mind the W510 is the only Windows 8 device in this chart. Two Android/ARM-based devices achieved a higher score than the W510.

Tags:  Acer, tablet, Windows 8, W510

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