|ASUS Eee PC 1000H 160GB Netbook|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Matt Williams - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 04 November 2008|
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Eee 1000H Test Results
For the most part, the results confirmed what could already be reasonably predicted: the Intel Atom platform cannot keep up with a mobile Core 2 Duo in terms of benchmark performance. Whether or not this performance difference will be noticeable in the real world really depends on what you plan to do with this notebook. If you plan to run CPU intensive applications or modern games, you will definitely want to look elsewhere, and in fact, outside the netbook class entirely. If, however, all you want to do is browse the Internet, take notes, and watch a few videos, chances are you won't miss the extra power at all. I was even able to play back 720P content with very little problems.
At 2.5W TDP, I wasn't expecting much out of the Atom processor. Still, it managed to put up a decent fight, particularly when you consider that the Core 2 Duo tested has a TDP of 34W. In terms of performance per watt, the Atom is the clear winner. Looking at hard drive performance, it's clear that the Seagate Momentus 5400.4 in the Eee 1000H has a marked advantage over the older 5400.2 on our test laptop.
The PassMark Performance Test produced similar results. Again, we see the CPU bottleneck restricting overall performance, but the hard drive on the Eee 1000H wins out.
Using HD Tach, we can take a closer look at the hard drives. The hard drive on the Eee 1000H has a lower (better) random access time and a higher sustained read speed. What this means to you is Windows will boot in less time and applications will launch quicker. In fact, the better hard drive really helps to compensate for the slower processor. During testing, the Eee 1000H felt very responsive and managed to open applications and files faster than the test laptop. Some might argue that a SSD is a better option for netbooks. While there is some credibility to that argument, most of the SSDs included on today's netbooks tend to be on the cheaper end and offer sub-par performance when compared to this drive.