Article Author :Ian Date : 16th Sep 2002 Comments :
The desknote is based on the SiS 650 chipset, featuring a graphics solution similar to that of the SiS 315 graphics chipset - offering GeForce 2 MX performance and fully DX 7.0 compatible. This combination should be able to handle any of today's applications without a hitch, but at what performance hit compared to a similar desktop PC? The desktop used in all these tests was based on a Gigabyte 8EIXP motherboard with a GeForce 2 MX (of similar specification to SiS Graphics chipset).
The desknote is benchmarked with the P1.6 Willamette CPU and 256MB PC2100 using Windows XP. These benchmarks compare raw performance characteristics between other combinations of hardware available:
Compared to the same CPU in the SiSoft reference system, the desknote actually performs a tiny bit faster! This is just a slight variation from the reference result, and can be said to be performing as it should be.
Again, the desknote performance is above that of the reference system with the same CPU, but again, only by a small amount which can be attributed to the difference hardware used - nevertheless a good sign.
The memory bandwidth rates are above that of the KT266 chipset with the same PC2100 DDR memory, and are in line with the similar 645DX chipset using PC3200 memory.
The hard drive supplied with the desknote is severely crippled in this benchmark, performing at the same level as a 2 year old budget desktop drive. Recent desktop counterparts of this drive will be able to transfer data at double the rate, and at almost 60% the average seek time - making a huge impact on database/gaming performance where lots of fast writes are required.