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ASUS Eee PC 900 review

The ASUS Eee PC 900 Reviewed

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Performance Benchmarking

Performance

For our benchmarking tests, we will be comparing the Eee PC 900 against the HP Mini-Note and also against the more expensive HTC Shift and Sony VAIO VGN-TZ18GN to see how well it holds up in general to the various other products. As usual, sourcing for exactly similar specifications for hardware can be difficult, so we've chosen products that we believe would present a good comparison.

Notebook Comparison Table
Specifications/ Notebook ASUS Eee PC 900 HP 2133 Mini-Note PC HTC Shift Sony VAIO VGN-TZ18GN
Processor Intel Celeron M 353 (900Mzh) with 512KB L2 cache VIA C7-M ULV Processor (1.60GHz) with 128 KB L2 cache
  • Intel A110 (Stealey)
    • 800MHz, 2MB L2 cache
  • Qualcomm MSM7500 for SnapVUE (Windows Mobile)
    • 400MHz
Intel Core 2 Duo processor U7600 (1.2GHz, 2MB L2 cache
Chipset Intel 910GML VIA CN896 Northbridge and VT8237S Southbridge Intel 945/GU Express Intel 945GMS Express
FSB 400Mhz 800MHz 400MHz 533MHz
Memory 1 x 1GB DDR2 1 x 2GB DDR2 1 x 1GB DDR2 1 x 1GB DDR2
Video Intel GMA 900 VIA Chrome 9 Graphics Intel GMA 950 Intel GMA 950

Due to a few problems we encountered during our benchmark session such as 3DMark06 failing to even load properly due the rather weak integrated graphics engine, we are only able to present to you the results from PCMark 05. In a way, 3DMark06 results is not an issue due to the fact that you won't be using the Eee PC 900 for real 3D gaming.

Based on the scores, we're not really surprised that the Eee PC beats the Mini-Note for both system and CPU scores, though we're disappointed by the HDD score, as we had expected the flash storage nature of the Eee PC to perform much better than a normal magnetic platter drive. Otherwise, the Eee PC 900 held its own pretty much against the more expensive HTC Shift and the HP Mini-Note netbooks. As a side note, we also performed another unofficial WoW test on the Eee PC 900, and found that we actually got better frame rates as compared to the Mini-Note and the Shift.