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Test Setups And Software

Intel’s Mobile Core i5 And Core i3: Arrandale Is For The Rest Of Us
Test Laptops
Asus K42F
HP Pavillion dv4-1555dx
Intel Core i5-540M (Arrandale) 2.53 GHz, PGA988, 3MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading, Power-savings enabledIntel Core 2 Duo P8700 (Penryn) 2.53 GHz, PGA478, 3MB Shared L2, Power-savings enabled
Integrated Intel HD Graphics
Integrated GMA 4500MHD Graphics
4GB DDR-1333
4GB DDR3-1066 @ 7-7-7
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160GB SATA 3 Gb/sIntel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160GB SATA 3 Gb/s
Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Platform Driver
Graphics Driver

Benchmarks and Settings

Audio Encoding


Version: (64-bit), Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min., Default format AAC

Video Encoding


Version:, Import File: "Terminator II" SE DVD (5 Minutes), Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9

DivX 6.8.5

Encoding mode: Insane Quality, Enhanced Multi-Threading, Enabled using SSE4, Quarter-pixel search

XviD 1.2.2

Display encoding status=off

MainConcept Reference 1.6.1

MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS), Profile: Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core

HandBrake 0.9.4
Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai to .mp4, High Profile


Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 (64-bit)

Version: 2009 Service Pack 1, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

WinRAR 3.90

Version 3.90 (64-bit), Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)


Version 4.65, Built-in Benchmark

Adobe Photoshop CS4
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters
AVG Anti-Virus 9
Virus scan of 334MB of compressed files

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00, System, Memories, TV and Movies, and Productivity benchmarks, Windows Media Player

SiSoftware Sandra 2010

CPU Test=CPU Arithmetic/MultiMedia, Memory Test=Bandwidth Benchmark

World of Warcraft
Low Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1024x768, Patch 3.3, Dalaran circuit, FRAPS
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