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ViiV a-la ASUS, Core Duo N4L-VM DH Motherboard - Benchmarks - Test Systems and Sandra

Our first look at Mobile on Desktop is from the ASUS N4L-VM DH with Intel ViiV certification and Core Duo CPU support.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: May 19, 2006 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%      Manufacturer: ASUS

Test Systems

 

Core Duo System

 

Processor: Intel Core Duo T2500 2.0GHz (Supplied by Intel)

 

Memory: 2x 512MB DDR2-800 Corsair

 

Hard Disk: 2x Seagate 7200.9 RAID 0 (Supplied by Seagate)

 

Graphics Card(s): ASUS GeForce 7800GT (Supplied by ASUS Australia)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

 

Drivers: nVidia ForceWare 84.21 and DX9c

 

Netburst System

 

Processor: Intel Pentium D 940 3.2GHz (Supplied by Intel)

 

Motherboard: ASUS P5WD2-E Premium (Intel 975x chipset)

 

Memory: 2x 512MB DDR2-800 Corsair

 

Hard Disk: 2x Seagate 7200.9 RAID 0 (Supplied by Seagate)

 

Graphics Card: ASUS GeForce 7800GT (Supplied by ASUS Australia)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

 

Drivers: nVidia ForceWare 84.21 and DX9c

 

For our benchmarking we are comparing two different platforms with different parts. The Cure Duo system uses the T2500 mobile CPU running at 2.0GHz with the ASUS N4L-VM DH motherboard and the Netburst system uses the higher clocked Pentium D 940 at 3.2GHz with the powerful ASUS P5WD2-E Premium motherboard based on the Intel 975x chipset.

 

Since Intel has only just started selling Core Duo mobile processors in the retail market, prices are quite expensive and not every retailer sells them. In Australia at the time of writing, the Core Duo T2500 CPU is almost twice the price of the Pentium D 940 3.2GHz however in the USA prices are more affordable. This is something to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to buy the ASUS N4L-VM DH motherboard.

 

SiSoft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2005 SR3

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

 

Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en

 

Buy It Here

 

 

SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

 

 

 

Here we can see that the Core Duo setup is able to outperform the Pentium D 940 in raw performance figures. Even with its 1GHz clock difference, CPU performance is well above what a Netburst based system could do at similar clocks. Memory wise, Core Duo doesn't crave as much memory bandwidth, only using a small portion of the 10.5GB/s that is offered to it.

ASUS N4L-VM DH Motherboard

 

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