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HP TouchSmart 600 review

HP TouchSmart 600: The Messenger Returns

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Performance Benchmarking

Performance Benchmarking

With this machine pretty much the top end model for the series, we figured that the unit should do pretty well in the benchmarking department. As such, we've loaded up our usual suspects - PCMark05, PCMark Vantage and 3DMark06 to see how this unit would fare. For 3D, we've also thrown in Far Cry 2 in to see how it would cope in a gaming situation. Strangely though, we were unable to get PCMark 05 running despite the other two benchmarks doing fine. As such, we are only able to present to you the results from our testing from two of the benchmarks, PCMark Vantage and 3DMark06.

To give you an idea on how the TouchSmart 600 stands, we've thrown in the previous TouchSmart model together with the HP HDX18t (an entertainment class notebook), which has very similar specs to the TouchSmart 600. Since the TouchSmart 600 basically uses a notebook platform within, similar to the TouchSmart IQ500, we thought it would be appropriate to use a notebook for comparison.

Computer Comparison Table
Specifications / Computer HP TouchSmart 600 HP TouchSmart IQ506 HP HDX18t Premium
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo processor T8700 (2.53GHz) with 3MB L2 cache Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5850 (2.16GHz) with 2MB L2 cache Intel Core 2 Duo processor P8600 (2.40GHz) with 3MB L2 cache
Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 9300 mGPU (MCP7A-JC) Intel GM965 Intel PM45
FSB 1066MHz 667MHz 1066MHz
Memory 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR2 3GB DDR2
HDD 1 x 1TB SATA 7200 RPM 1 x 500GB SATA 7200 RPM 2 x 250GB SATA 5400 RPM
Video NVIDIA GeForce GT230 M NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT

Given the fact that the TouchSmart 600 is the highest end model of its series and sports much better hardware compared to the TouchSmart IQ500, it should then come as no surprise that the unit easily beats the older model in PCMark Vantage. The faster processor, memory and others in the newer machine all contribute to a much faster performer. As for the 3D performance, we're definitely seeing an improvement from NVIDIA's new GeForce GT230 M, with performance easily beating the older NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT GPUs (like the one on the HDX18t) on gaming benchmarks.