ASUS U6S Ultraportable Notebook

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Test Setup & 3DMark06 CPU

The ASUS U6S was left "as delivered" for the duration of benchmarking. This represents the configuration that the consumer would receive the system in. Nothing was installed or altered, with the exception of the necessary benchmarking software. We decided to compare the ASUS U6S to the ASUS C90S and the XPS M1730 for points of reference.

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Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz)

Intel GM965

2x1GB DDR2-667

GeForce 8400M G

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

160GB Hard Drive
5,400 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Business
Intel INF
NVIDIA Forceware v101.38

12.1" WXGA Display
(native 1280x800)
Dell XPS M1730
Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900

2x1GB DDR2-667

GeForce 8700M GT

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

2x200GB in RAID0
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home Premium
Intel INF
NVIDIA Forceware v163.86

17" WUXGA Display
(native 1920x1200)

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz)

Intel 945G Chipset

2x1GB DDR2-667

512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

160GB Hard Drive
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF
NVIDIA Forceware v101.16

15.4" WSXGA+ Display
(native 1680x1050)

Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06

To start out our testing, we began with a focus on CPU performance, utilizing FutureMark 3DMark06's CPU performance module. 3DMark06's test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of different 3D scenes that are generated with software and hardware GPU renderers, which is also dependant on the host CPU's performance. In its CPU tests, the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the central processor.  GPU rendering tests employ a mix of SM2.0, SM3.0 and HDR techniques and effects.

As an ultraportable notebook, we do not expect the ASUS U6S to pack as much punch as the C90S or the M1730. While it is the slowest of the three, the U6S' 2.2GHz Core 2 T7500 processor was still very fast. A 3DMark06 score of 1919 is very respectable for a notebook of this class.

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