General Performance with the X72D

This is where things are going to get interesting. With the 5470's 'roided out 750 MHz core clock and a 2.1 GHz triple core AMD processor on tap, the X72D should hopefully perform fairly well in our testing suite.

Unfortunately, while the 500 MHz core clock advantage the AMD Phenom II N830 has is enough for it to beat the Phenom II P920, three 2.1 GHz cores just aren't enough to tackle the pair of hyper-threaded 2.4 GHz cores in the Intel Core i3-370M. Intel's chips have a substantial advantage clock-for-clock, keeping the third core of the Phenom II from making up the lost ground. In order for that third core to really matter, the Phenom II needs to be running at clocks closer to the Intel competition, which unfortunately just doesn't seem to be possible with a 45nm process and Phenom II architecture.

Kicking the Tires of the ASUS X72D Gaming on the X72D
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  • e36Jeff - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    you are supposed to read that as 3 cores running at 2.1Ghz, not 6.3 Ghz(e.g. 3x2.1). Its not a literal math statement. They probably just assumed people would be able to work that one out themselves. Reply
  • Meaker10 - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    Plus if he meant 3 times 2.1 he would have put 3*2.1 which is the accepted maths notation on a computer. Reply
  • jlazzaro - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    I guess some things elude even the greatest super saiyans... Reply
  • snouter - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    Yeah bro, you straight outran the coverage on that one. lol Reply
  • SimKill - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    Yes what e36Jeff said.
    And for multiple processors you put the N x in front of the processor name
    eg. 4x AMD Phenom II N830 would be read as 4 processors.
    Reply
  • AstroGuardian - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    I don't know what's the point in Asus trying to compete in notebook market. They just fall to the bottom. Why not just make better motherboards and VGA cards where they are actually good? Reply
  • SteelCity1981 - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    Um...I don't see how you can compare this notbook and make an assumption towards Asus's entire line of notebooks. Asus has some really good gaming notebooks out on the market. Reply
  • Powerlurker - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    Asus regularly tops reliability ratings for laptops. If you're willing to give up configurability, they have some spectacular deals out there. Reply
  • DMisner - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    bah, please dont bother reviewing anything portable with an AMD cpu till bobcat is released Reply
  • mino - Monday, October 25, 2010 - link

    Why ? Their current budget platform is actually usefull.

    On a side note, boating about SB "GPU" while bashing 5470 AND not even mentioning Ontario/Llano was pretty silly on Dustin's part ...
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