|Laptop||MSI Wind 12 U230 (AMD Congo)||Acer Timeline 3810T (Intel CULV)||MSI Wind U100 Plus (Intel Atom)|
|Processor||AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 (1.60GHz, 512KB L2 cache, dual-core)||Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 (1.40GHz, 3MB L2 cache, dual-core)||Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2 cache, single-core)|
|Motherboard||MSI 780M (AMD RS780M + SB710)||Acer GS45||MSI 945GSE|
|Memory||2GB DDR2||2GB DDR3||1GB DDR2|
|Memory timings and speed||6-6-6-18-2T @ 640MHz||6-6-6-15-2T @ 800MHz||TBC|
|Graphics||ATI Radeon HD 3200||Intel GMA 4500MHD||Intel GMA 950|
|Screen size and native res||12.1in - 1,366x768||13.3in - 1,366x768||10.1in - 1,024x600|
|Wireless||Ralink 1T2R 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0||Intel WiFi 5100 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0||Ralink 1T2R 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0|
|Disk drive||Seagate Momentus 320GB, 5,400RPM, 8MB cache||Hitachi 500GB, 5,400RPM, 8MB cache||160GB, 5,400RPM|
|Graphics driver||Catalyst 9.11||Intel 220.127.116.116||Intel|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit||Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit||Windows XP SP3, 32-bit|
|Current price||£399 (as tested)||£550 (as tested)||£289|
|Benchmarks||7-zip (7z4.65, 32-bit) - internal benchmark
HEXUS.PiFast - calculation to 10m places
CINEBENCH - multi-CPU render
VLC 1.0.2 playback of Terminator Salvation 720p
YouTube HD playback of Earth clip
Quake 4 v1.30 - 800x600 LQ
Far Cry 2 v1.0.3 - 800x600 LQ
Battery test -Terminator Salvation 480p movie (VLC) looping
In order to gage performance, we're comparing results with two competing Intel platforms; CULV and Atom, productised as the Acer Timeline 3810T and MSI Wind U100 Plus.
In terms of benchmarks, 7-zip is a compression program that's multi-threaded for optimum performance. We're running the built-in benchmark.
HEXUS.PiFast tests single-core performance and CINEBENCH stresses as many cores as are available.
The first video-playback test measures CPU utilisation during the playback of a 720p Terminator Salvation trailer using VLC player. The second test then measures CPU utilisation during playback of a high-definition clip on YouTube.
For a quick take on gaming, Quake 4 and Far Cry 2 are run at 800x600 with low quality settings.
The above tests are run on mains power with the notebook(s) set to high-performance mode. Lastly, the battery test involves setting the laptop to power-saver mode, using the 480p Terminator Salvation QuickTime movie on a looped basis, with screen set to mid-brightness (50 per cent) and WiFi/Bluetooth switched off. We time how long it takes for the laptop to go from full charge into hibernation.