Performance - Part One
Before we get on to benchmark results, here's a detailed specification of the reviewed Samsung laptop and a range of comparison systems.
|Laptop||ASUS N55SF||ASUS Zenbook UX31||Dell XPS 15z||Dell Inspiron 14z||HP Pavilion dv6||Lenovo ThinkPad X1||Samsung Series 9|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-2430M (2.40GHz, 3MB cache, dual-core, 35W)||Intel Core i7-2677M (1.80GHz, 4MB cache, dual-core, 17W)||Intel Core i5-2410M (2.30GHz, 3MB cache, dual-core, 35W)||Intel Core i5-2430M (2.40GHz, 3MB cache, dual-core, 35W)||AMD A6-3430MX (1.70GHz, 4MB cache, quad-core, 45W)||Intel Core i5-2520M (2.50GHz, 3MB cache, dual-core, 35W)||Intel Core i5-2467M (1.60GHz, 3MB cache, dual-core, 17W)|
|Memory||6GB DDR3||4GB DDR3||4GB DDR3||4GB DDR3||6GB DDR3||4GB DDR3||4GB DDR3|
|Graphics||Intel HD 3000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 2GB
|Intel HD 3000||Intel HD 3000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB
|Intel HD 3000||AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 7470M
|Intel HD 3000||Intel HD 3000|
|Display||15.6in - 1,600x900||13.3in - 1,600x900||15.6in - 1,366x768||14.0in - 1,366x768||15.6in - 1,366x768||13.3in - 1,366x768||13.3in - 1,600x900|
|Battery||6 cell, 56Whr||Lithium Polymer, 50Whr||8 cell, 64Whr||6 cell, 65Whr||6 cell, 62Whr||6 cell, 38.4Whr||Lithium Polymer, 40Whr|
|Wireless||Atheros AR9002WB-1NG (802.11bgn) and Bluetooth||Atheros AR9485WB-EG (802.11bgn) and Bluetooth||Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 (802.11bgn) and Bluetooth||Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 (802.11bgn) and Bluetooth||Broadcom 4313GN (802.11bgn) and Bluetooth||Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (802.11bgn) and Bluetooth||Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 (802.11bgn) and Bluetooth|
|Disk drive(s)||Hitachi Travelstar 640GB HDD, 5,400RPM, 8MB cache||ADATA XM11 120GB SSD||Seagate Momentus 500GB HDD, 7,200RPM, 16MB cache||Seagate Momentus 500GB HDD, 5,400RPM, 16MB cache||Toshiba MK7575GSX 750GB, 5,400RPM, 8MB cache||Hitachi Travelstar 320GB HDD, 7,200RPM, 16MB cache||SanDisk U100 128GB SSD|
|Optical drive||Blu-ray reader + DVD-RW||None||DVD-RW||DVD-RW||DVD-RW||None||None|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit||Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit|
|Cinebench||Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible. Run using high-performance mode.|
|Geekbench||A cross-platform benchmark used to measure memory and processor performance. Run using high-performance mode.|
|3DMark Vantage||A PC benchmark used to test the DirectX 10 performance of a system's graphics card. Run using high-performance mode.|
|PCMark 7||PCMark 7 combines various single- and multi-threaded CPU, Graphics and HDD tests to score overall system performance. Run using high-performance mode.|
|Power Consumption||Using a high-performance power mode, we record mains power draw whilst playing back a 720p movie trailer.|
|Battery Test||To calculate battery life, we run the laptop on a balanced power plan and loop a 720p movie trailer, measuring the time taken to hibernate.|
CPU and Memory Performance
Not quite the start you were expecting? Despite being one of the most expensive laptops in the line up, Samsung's 13.3in Series 9 also offers one of the least-potent CPUs. The Cinebench test assesses the multi-core performance of the processor, and in this benchmark the Series 9 sits at the bottom of the pack.
Intel's Core i5-2467M is by no means slow, far from it, but there are obviously quicker CPU options available.
Geekbench provides a look at combined CPU and memory performance, but the message remains clear; the Core i5-2467M processor is quick (a score of over 5,000 is not to be scoffed at) but the Core i7-2677M used in ASUS's Zenbook is clearly a superior performer.