Performance Improvements Between Old and New Netbooks (as Compared to a Standard PC)

Intel recently released the new NM10 chipset which enables the newest Atom CPU’s, the dual core + dual hyperthread N550, which support 64 bit Windows.  

I already own an LG x110 with a very nice Atom 270 (roughly the same performance as the Atom 450) and I wanted to know the performance improvements between the old and the new netbooks.  Sooo, I downloaded www.passmark.com ‘s free and easy benchmark software and this is what I found: 

  • An overall improvement of about 35% from the old Netbook to the new Netbook
    • From my brief usage of the new Atom N550 bases Samsung NF210, this feels like the right number.
  • The Intel Atom N550 can do alot more than the older Atom N270 / 450
  • The NM10 integrated video is notably faster than the older Atom 945 Integrated Video
  • Because I already own licences of Win 7 64 Bit, the change from 32 bit was worth the effort
    • The new netbook (Samsung NF210) shipped with Windows 7 Starter and that worked shockingly well but it is only 32 bit and given my extra licences, it just did not make sense to stay with it.
    • For most people Windows 7 Starter is just fine on a Netbook

All of these benchmarks were run on fairly recent Windows 7 Ultimate installs (with all current patches and BIOS’s installed) with Microsoft Security Essentials still running because I wanted real world results.  This is not supposed to be a super clean benchmark test, just a test to provide real world results.   I also ran the PassMark benchmark on my current desktop PC which uses nothing fancy (not even a discrete video card) so this will provide a nice comparison to average real world (non-gamer) current desktops: 

Old LG x110 vs New Samsung NF210 vs Standard Desktop PC with i5 CPU Comparison Benchmarks
Old LG x110 vs New Samsung NF210 vs Standard Desktop PC with i5 CPU Comparison Benchmarks
   

Hardware Type 

Old Netbook
LG x110
New Netbook Samsung NF210 New Netbook Samsung NF210 Desktop PC  Gigabyte H55UD2H
CPU Atom 270 1.6Ghz 1+1 Cores Atom N550 1.5Ghz 2+2 Cores  Atom N550 1.5Ghz 2+2 Cores  Intel i5-650 3.2Ghz 2+2 Cores
Hard Drive Western Digital 160GB WD1600BEVT Hitachi 250GB HTS543225A7A384 Hitachi 250GB HTS543225A7A384 Seagate 1.5TB ST31500341AS
Video Card Intel Integrated GMA 950 Intel Integrated
Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Intel Integrated
Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Intel Integrated HD Graphics on 945 Express Chipset
Windows Win7 Ultimate 32 Bit Win7 Ultimate 64 Bit Win7 Ultimate 64 Bit Win7 Ultimate 64 Bit
TEST 32 Bit PassMark 32 Bit PassMark 64 Bit PassMark 64 Bit PassMark
PassMark Overall Rating 209.8 282 296.1 740.8
CPU – Integer Math 20.9 41.9 120.9 673.1
CPU – Floating Point Math 91.7 181.4 237.3 845.3
CPU – Find Prime Numbers 63 95.4 76.6 471.8
CPU – SSE 1.5 2.6 1.8 4.7
CPU – Compression 676.3 1352.4 1421.5 1940.8
CPU – Encryption 2.5 5 5.3 7.1
CPU – Physics 16.5 31.1 37.4 125.5
CPU – String Sorting 390.5 799.3 735 1496.6
Graphics 2D – Solid Vectors 0.6 0.7 0.8 1.3
Graphics 2D – Transparent Vectors 0.6 0.8 0.8 1.3
Graphics 2D – Complex Vectors 87 21.7 20 84.9
Graphics 2D – Fonts & Text 22.7 26.6 29 130.5
Graphics 2D – Windows Interface 14 14.9 16.2 64.2
Graphics 2D – Image Filters 73.7 79.4 40.6 167.1
2D Graphics – Image Rendering 74.3 97.2 99 271.6
Graphics 3D – Simple 90.7 141.7 139.7 603.6
Graphics 3D – Medium 16.2 15.4 16.9 145.5
Graphics 3D – Complex 2.3 2.3 2.4 20.8
Memory – Allocate Small Block 728.2 639.6 987.5 2702.3
Memory – Read Cached 692.2 669.8 752.7 1251
Memory – Read Uncached 624 582.2 637.7 1237.1
Memory – Write 607.1 626.3 659.1 777.1
Memory – Large RAM 83.1 75.2 114.8 939.9
Disk – Sequential Read 43.9 71.8 69.4 51.4
Disk – Sequential Write 55.2 57.1 47.9 20.9
Disk – Random Seek + RW 2.8 2.6 2.2 4.1
CPU Mark 327.5 609.6 632.6 1896.2
2D Graphics Mark 110.4 101.4 102.8 254.1
Memory Mark 189.8 180.9 218.6 589.4
Disk Mark 368.4 475.6 432.2 276.2
3D Graphics Mark 51.6 68.2 69.1 391.7

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