PCMark and DVD Performance

Now let’s turn our attention to some of the other parts of the system starting with an overview look using PCMark ’05.

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    • Asus VX1 – Intel T7400 Core 2 Duo, 2x1GB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7400 512MB
    • Asus Z96J – Intel T7600 Core 2 Duo, 2x512MB RAM, ATI Mobility X1600 256MB
    • Dell M1710Intel T2600 Core Duo, 2x1024MB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7900 GS 256MB
    • Alienware mALX – AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX 512MB
    • Alienware m9700AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS 512MB

Overall the mALX didn’t score as high as the Intel systems because the AMD Turion ML-44 CPU just can’t keep up.

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    • Asus VX1 – Intel T7400 Core 2 Duo, 2x1GB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7400 512MB
    • Asus Z96J – Intel T7600 Core 2 Duo, 2x512MB RAM, ATI Mobility X1600 256MB
    • Dell M1710Intel T2600 Core Duo, 2x1024MB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7900 GS 256MB
    • Alienware mALX – AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX 512MB
    • Alienware m9700AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS 512MB

Graphics is obviously the big winner thanks to the NIVIDA GeForce Go 7900 GTX 512MB.

To test the performance of the DVD drive, we clone a DVD and measure how quickly it can do that operation.

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    • Asus VX1 – Intel T7400 Core 2 Duo, 2x1GB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7400 512MB
    • Asus Z96J – Intel T7600 Core 2 Duo, 2x512MB RAM, ATI Mobility X1600 256MB
    • Dell M1710Intel T2600 Core Duo, 2x1024MB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7900 GS 256MB
    • Alienware mALX – AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX 512MB
    • Alienware m9700AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS 512MB

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    • Asus VX1 – Intel T7400 Core 2 Duo, 2x1GB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7400 512MB
    • Asus Z96J – Intel T7600 Core 2 Duo, 2x512MB RAM, ATI Mobility X1600 256MB
    • Dell M1710Intel T2600 Core Duo, 2x1024MB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7900 GS 256MB
    • Alienware mALX – AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX 512MB
    • Alienware m9700AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS 512MB

The Alienware Aurora mALX is essentially tied as the fastest DVD drive we have tested at 22 minutes and 36 seconds.

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