Having the new Asus VX6S for tests these days, which brings the new Intel D2700 Atom processor, part of the Cedar Trail line, I thought it would be a good idea to have a quick comparison of this new platform with the previous Atom one found on 12 inchers and the AMD Zacate APUs.
Luckily, Asus has devices built on all these three configurations, so that makes a fairly powerful testing ground, as overall all these notebooks are pretty much the same, except for the hardware you get inside. And even better, I’ve tested them all here on the site.
Thus, in this post you will find some comparisons between the results I got on all these three 12 inch EEE PCs, or you can call it a comparison between the Intel Atom D2700 (with AMD graphics), Intel Atom D525 with ION2 graphics and the AMD E350 Zacate APU.
Before getting to the actual results though, let’s have a quick look over the specs of the three 12 inch mini laptops we’re comparing here, in the table below:
|Asus Lamborghini VX6S||Asus EEE PC 1215B||Asus Lamborghini VX6|
|Processor||Intel Atom CedarTrail D2700 2.13 GHz||AMD Zacate E350 1.66 GHz||Intel Atom PineTrail D525 1.83 GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon 6470M||Radeon HD 6310||16 Cudas Nvidia ION|
|Chipset||Intel NM10||A50M Hudson M1||Intel NM10|
|Memory||4 GB DDR3||4GB DDR3||4GB DDR3|
|HDD||320 GB 2.5″ 5400rpm||320GB 2.5″ 5400 rpm||320GB 2.5″ 5400 rpm|
|OS||Windows 7 HP||Windows 7 HP||Windows 7 HP|
|Full review here||Full review here|
By clicking the review buttons, you’ll get more details on each of them.
We’ll start with some CPU related comparisons. I’ve ran PCMark 05, PCMark Vantage, PCMark 07 and standard Cinebench 11.5 CPU tests on all three platforms and the results are in the pictures below (if there’s a 0 in there, that means i haven’t run that particular test on that unit).
Besides these, there are also some other results that test the platforms as a whole and the graphics, with Windows 7 Rating, 3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 11. Check them out below.
So, what do all these numbers say?
Before testing the Asus VX6S and the new Intel Atom platform, I was pretty sure AMD had almost no competition in the 11.6 – 12 inch segment, not in the 400-450 bucks price range at least. But now, the game has changed. The D2700 Atom + AMD Radeon 6470M combo does step up the game and manages to surpass both the current AMD APUs (yes, there’s also the newer AMD E-450 to be considered, but this platform will beat that one as well, based on some of the tests we’ve seen) and the previous generation Atom + ION Combo, both in terms of GPU and CPU power. And while the Lambo will for sure go $500+, a future EEE PC 1215N successor (when available) will offer a more advantageous price tag.
All these are Synthetic tests and the platform is yet to prove itself in practice. But stay tuned, I will tell you more about multimedia and everyday use performances in my Asus Lamborghini VX6S review.
Of course, the extra speed comes with one lack: less battery life. Since you don’t have switchable graphics anymore, I’m pretty sure autonomy won’t be stellar on this configuration. And my tests actually proved that you’ll only get around 4 hours of life out of the new Lambo, which is not bad, but not that good either for an 11.6 inch mini laptop.
If you’re interested in more benchmarks, you should also see my reviews for the Asus 1025CE and the Asus 1225C, both with Intel Atom CedarTrail N2800 processors. There’s the Atom N2800 vs Atom N570 comparison as well and this post will tell you more about the Atom N2600 processor, in a short comparison with Atom N550 and AMD C50, all platforms meant for 10-12 inch low-power mini laptops and netbooks.
That’s it for now, but I’m looking for your feedback and opinions, so please drop a line using the comments section below.