We’ve heard about the Asus VX6S before at Computex in June, but till now the successor of the Asus VX6 premium mini laptop was still surrounded in mystery, as details about it were extremely scarce.
Time to lift of the cover, as I received today an EEE PC Lamborghini VX6S from my friends at Asus and got to play with it during the morning. As usual, we’re talking about a sample unit, as the final version will only be available in shops in a couple of weeks, but it’s pretty much identical to the VX6S you’ll buy in stores (with some minor spec buffs, as this unit comes with 4 GB of memory, while in store you’ll find it with only 2).
On the outside, there’s nothing new, the Lambo still gets the design elements from the Italian cars manufacturer and looks the same as before, although it’s now bright orange, while the VX6 version we tested last year only came in black and white. The pictures and the clip in this post should offer more insights on looks and exterior.
Inside though, there’s a completely new platform, boosting a new Cedar Trail D2700 CPU, 4 GBs of DDR3 RAM and dedicated AMD Radeon 6470M graphics, plus a standard 5400 rpm hard-drive.
As we’ve showed you before, the D line gets the most powerful Atom Cedar Trail chips and will replace processors like the D510 and the D525. While raw CPU power should not be vastly improved, the graphics embedded on the new chip should be far better, allowing HD hardware decoding and support for DirectX 10.1 and Pixel Shader 3.0 . We’re going to see the improvements offered by this new platform later this week, as I review the unit and try a couple of games and more resources hungry applications.
For now, though, you can find a bunch of test results in the pictures below (remember though, the new Atom platform isn’t yet available in stores, so drivers are still pretty much non-existing, thus take these results with grain and salt).
Update: You probably noticed that GPU related results are lower than what we got on the Sony Vaio SB with the same AMD 6470M chip, but that one runs on a much more powerful platform which will for sure have an effect on the final score. And don’t forget about the immature drivers.
Now, if you want to compare the numbers above with what the previous generation Atom platform was capable, you can peak in our Asus VX6 review for some numbers. I’m also going to publish a more in depth analysis in the next couple of days as I run different benchmarks.
Of course, with the AMD Radeon on board, you don’t get switchable graphics anymore, as you only have one device under Display Adapters in Device Manager, which is the AMD Chip. So Asus had to cut access to that embedded Intel graphic chip in order to get the AMD graphics on board, which means you won’t be able to get the battery life you had on the VX6. It also means that there’s no way for us to test the graphic performances of the default D2700 platform either, which is kind of a pity.
All in all, the new D2700 + AMD 6470M combo should be faster than the old D525 + ION2 one was. Our tests show indeed improvements, both in terms of raw CPU and Graphics scores.
Anyway, that’s pretty much all for today, I leave you with my unboxing video below.
And a couple of pictures.
Of course, more details on the platform and this EEE PC will follow these days, so stay tuned. Also, if you happen to have any questions or want to know any specific details on those, please let me know via a comment and I’ll try to answer. I’ll only have the Lamborghini VX6S till Monday though, so better act fast.