In our next set of benchmarks we ran a number of tests that are designed to isolate the performance of the processor subsystem--which includes the CPU, chipset, and memory. The three tests we ran were Futuremark's 3DMark06's CPU Test, Maxon's Cinebench R10, and Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage's CPU Test 2.
While the E205 is not a thin-and-light laptop per se, it certainly comes close to straddling that fence. As such, with the 3DMark06 CPU results we're including an admittedly unfair comparison with a couple of small-and-light CULV laptops HotHardware has looked at. Not surprisingly, the E205's CPU performance easily trounces them. Let this serve as an exercise, however, that if you are weighing the pros and cons of a thin-and-light laptop, you're likely going to be sacrificing performance with such a form factor. If performance is a critical factor in your purchasing decision, you're better off with a larger form-factor laptop that has more horsepower under its hood. The E205 offers considerably more power than the CULV laptops do.
Our Cinebench R10 and Futuremark 3DMark Vantage CPU tests tell a different story--and one that is more in line with what we saw with the SANDRA test results. The E205's Core i5-430M brings up the rear when it comes to Core i5 performance. This should come as no surprise, as the Core i5-430M is presently Intel's lowest-end offering in the Core i5 Mobile family. On the other hand, the E205's Core i5-430M manages to still best one of the speediest previous generation Intel mobile processors, the Core 2 Extreme X9000.