ASUS N10Jc, A Performance Netbook

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General Performance

For general performance testing, we used SiSoftware's SANDRA (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant). We compared the ASUS N10 with it's 10" ASUS brethren, the EeePC 1000H and the Lenovo Ideapad S10. All three netbooks are equipped with the same 1.6Ghz Atom processor and Intel 945GSE chipset so performance will likely be similar, especially in the processor benchmarks. However the netbooks utilize different memory and hard drives which will impact overall system performance. We'll explore the N10's discrete graphics on the following page.

In SANDRA's CPU arithmetic and multimedia tests, all three netbooks are tied up with effectively identical performance. This is as expected since all three use the same Intel 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor.

The memory bandwidth test gave a similar result as the CPU tests. All three netbooks utilize the Intel 945GSE chipset and all three also use DDR2-667 memory. Due to this, the three have similar memory bandwidth, although the ASUS netbooks seem to have a slight advantage here. The memory latency benchmarks suggests that the N10Jc is using memory of similar performance as that used by the Ideapad S10 while the EeePC benefits from slightly quicker memory.

The last SANDRA benchmark is the disk storage test. While all three netbooks use standard platter-based hard drives, the N10Jc and Ideapad S10 have the performance advantage. The EeePC has a 80GB Seagate Momentus 5400.3 drive, which is clearly slower than the 160GB Western Digital Scorpio 5,400RPM drive used by the Ideapad and the 160GB Seagate Momentus 5400.5 drive in the N10Jc.

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