Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook Review

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Futuremark 3DMark 06 & PCMark Vantage


 
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Covering the bases
 Asus Eee PC 1215N

Intel Atom D525
(1.8GHz)

2GB DDR3

Intel GMA HD
(Pineview) +
NVIDIA Ion 2

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive         
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (64-bit)

12" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Lenovo ThinkPad X100e

AMD Athlon Neo (MV-40)
(1.66GHz)

2GB DDR2

Radeon HD 3200 IGP

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Professional (32-bit)

11.6" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
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

I
ntel 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.



When looking at the 3D Mark 06 scores, we see a more notable increase in performance. And with an Ion 2 at the helm, we aren't surprised. We're still not to the point where a netbook can be considered for serious gaming, but users will have an easier time playing the moderately impressive titles of last year, at near-native resolutions with this machine, versus the Eee PC 1201N, or particularly any netbook prior to that one. 


Asus Eee PC 1215N 3DMark 06 Score




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

We ran the system 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 video 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. 


As you can see here, the Eee PC 1215N performed better under the pressure of this rigorous benchmark as compared to its contemporaries. Not a quantum leap or anything, but a suitable increase. It's certainly evolutionary (rather than revolutionary), but coming from months of seeing near-identical scores from machines that were supposed to be more powerful and weren't really, this is a breath of fresh air.

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