Asus Ion-Powered Eee PC 1201N Review
Futuremark PCMark Vantage & 3DMark06
We ran the Eee PC 1201N 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.
The Eee PC 1201N performs well here. As we said earlier, most netbooks can't even handle this test. We have high hopes that Intel's next round of Atom CPUs will be more powerful, though we do appreciate the benefits of the Ion GPU. Though we can't help but wonder just how much better these scores would be if an SSD was used.
We've just started to run 3DMark06 on netbooks, and are still compiling a new database of 3DMark 06 scores from Atom-based netbooks. Until that happens, we'll give you a look at what kind of score the Eee PC 1201N is capable of compared to the Mini 311 (1.6GHz Atom N270 + NVIDIA Ion).
You'll notice that these results are significantly lower than even modern CULV systems, but it's easy to spot just how beneficial a dual-core CPU is here. For all intents and purposes, that's the only significant difference (hardware wise) between these two systems.