MSI Wind U135 Netbook Review

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

We also ran the MSI Wind U135 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.

This is one of the first netbooks with Windows 7 Starter that we've been able to run PCMark Vantage on. Until recently, the software wasn't capable of dealing with the omission of certain MPEG2 codecs (a limitation of Windows 7 Starter edition), and so the software would refuse to run. A recent build enabled the testing to continue without relying on those missing codecs, so we're able to present this data to you. The TV & Movies benchmark failed on Win7 Starter, however. With this new build of PCMark Vantage, we should be able to start compiling a database of Windows 7 Starter scores over the course of the next year.

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