Intel's Core Duo Launch - Notebook Performance Revealedby Anand Lal Shimpi on January 5, 2006 8:00 PM EST
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Business Winstone 2004
Business Winstone 2004 tests the following applications in various usage scenarios:
. Microsoft Access 2002
. Microsoft Excel 2002
. Microsoft FrontPage 2002
. Microsoft Outlook 2002
. Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
. Microsoft Project 2002
. Microsoft Word 2002
. Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition 2003
. WinZip 8.1
In our desktop Yonah performance articles we noticed that Dothan still outperformed the newcomer, but here we actually find that Yonah steps ahead with an 11% lead. We're not exactly sure why the performance tables have turned now that we're looking at notebooks, but the results remain clear.
Office Productivity SYSMark 2004
SYSMark's Office Productivity suite consists of three tests, the first of which is the Communication test. The Communication test consists of the following:
"The user receives an email in Outlook 2002 that contains a collection of documents in a zip file. The user reviews his email and updates his calendar while VirusScan 7.0 scans the system. The corporate web site is viewed in Internet Explorer 6.0. Finally, Internet Explorer is used to look at samples of the web pages and documents created during the scenario."The next test is Document Creation performance:
"The user edits the document using Word 2002. He transcribes an audio file into a document using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 6. Once the document has all the necessary pieces in place, the user changes it into a portable format for easy and secure distribution using Acrobat 5.0.5. The user creates a marketing presentation in PowerPoint 2002 and adds elements to a slide show template."The final test in our Office Productivity suite is Data Analysis, which BAPCo describes as:
"The user opens a database using Access 2002 and runs some queries. A collection of documents are archived using WinZip 8.1. The queries' results are imported into a spreadsheet using Excel 2002 and are used to generate graphical charts."
The overall Office Productivity score in the three aforementioned tests is compared below:
We already know that Office Productivity performance went up tremendously with Yonah based on our desktop discussions, and the trend is no different here when looking at notebooks. The Centrino Duo system manages to outperform the identically clocked Centrino notebook by just under 30%.