Alienware Aurora m9700

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Aurora m9700
  • 2.4GHz AMD Turion64 ML-44
  • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Chipset
  • 2 x 1GB DDR 400MHz memory
  • Dual 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS
  • 8x DVD+/-RW with dual-layer support
  • 2 x 100GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive (RAID)
  • 17" WUXGA display (native 1920x1200)
  • Realtek 802.11b/g WiFi card
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • 12 cell Li-Ion battery
General Performance: The Winstones
"Real World" Application Performance

Business Winstone 2004 from Veritest uses scripts to test the performance level of a computer in business related applications:

  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition 2003
  • WinZip 8.1

Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 from Veritest uses scripts to test the performance level of a computer in multimedia rich environments:

  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1
  • Adobe Premiere 6.5
  • Macromedia Director MX 9.0
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 6.1
  • Microsoft Windows MediaTM Encoder 9 Version
  • NewTek LightWave 3D 7.5b
  • SteinbergTM WaveLabTM 4.0f

Thanks largely to the potent AMD Turion64 processor and healthy 2GB of memory, the Aurora m9700 is able to walk away with a victory in this first performance test. Surely, the 2.4Hz of the efficient AMD processor is more than up to the task of battling Intel's single core mobile processors as evidenced by the results. However, how this CPU will fare against the upcoming Intel Merom products remains to be seen.

As we previously saw, the Aurora m9700 once again walks away with a decisive victory over the rest of the field. Again, looking at the specifications this should hardly be a surprise as there is a distinct advantage for the Alienware system in terms of raw operating frequency.

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