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Acer AspireRevo review

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Performance Benchmarks

Performance Benchmarks

For our performance benchmarks, we first tested the AspireRevo in PCMark05, a system suite that assess the various subsections of the system. Despite the slight discrepancy in hardware specs between the reference Ion system and the AspireRevo, they were similar enough for the overall system score to be very close.

In the CPU section however, the dual-core Atom on the Intel D945GCLF2 system showed the advantage of its extra core, while in the memory scores, all three systems scored very similarly. Surprisingly, the hard drive scores for the AspireRevo outperformed the 7200RPM notebook-class hard drive on the NVIDIA Ion reference system, despite being only a 5400RPM model.

The AspireRevo also took the graphics performance crown, probably due to its newer ForceWare drivers that gave it the edge over the Ion reference. This was mirrored in the 3DMark06 scores too.

In PCMark Vantage, the AspireRevo was on par or slightly faster than the Gigabyte M912 for the most part. However the dual-core Atom on the Intel D945GCLF2, along with a speedier hard drive meant that the Intel system emerged tops.

Finally, we also ran the AspireRevo through a 3D game, Unreal Tournament 3. Just like the reference Ion system we tested, the AspireRevo was not exactly capable of running this game smoothly at the settings used. However, it fared better than Intel's G45 integrated GPU solution, which means that the older 945GC chipset on the Intel D945GCLF2 would be no competition at all. Notice too the performance of the ASUS P5N7A-VM here, which uses a GeForce 9300 mGPU and is paired with a Core 2 Duo for this test.