Gigabyte Booktop M1022: Merging Netbooks and Nettopsby Jarred Walton on August 27, 2009 1:00 AM EST
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Netbook Testing Setup
For our performance tests, we're sticking with PCMark05, 3DMark03 and 3DMark05 to give you an indication of relative system and 3D/graphics performance. We've also run a couple video encoding benchmarks along with CINEBENCH R10, but you really don't want to do any video encoding or 3D rendering on a netbook. Given the similarity in components and overall performance among the various netbooks, we are also providing detailed results from PCMark05 so you can better understand what the composite score means.
We include a couple entry-level notebooks in the testing results, the Gateway NV52 and NV58. These two notebooks are a good representation of the current AMD and Intel mobile platforms, and they are the next step up from the $300-$375 netbook price range. In fact, at $500 the Gateway NV52 has a lower price than the M1022 MSRP and provides significantly better performance while the NV58 has the same MSRP. The Gateway notebooks also weigh more and provide less battery life, so you will need to choose between which features mean the most to you. The NV52 will show up in the charts in dark green (AMD) while the NV58 is in Gold (Intel).
For reference, here are the specifications for the other netbooks and laptops we've previously tested. We are also including results from the Acer Aspire One 751h, which uses a larger 11.6" LCD along with a lower power (and lower performance) Intel Atom Z520 (1.33GHz) and an MID (Mobile Internet Device) chipset with Intel GMA 500 graphics. A full review of the Acer 751h will be available shortly. Testing procedures have also changed relative to some of the previous netbook reviews, so only results run using the current procedures are included. Unfortunately, we don't have the previously tested netbooks so we aren't able to rerun the necessary tests.