ASUS Eee PC 900 and 901 benchmark comparison video

Jun 11, 2008
ASUS Eee PC 900 and 901 benchmark comparison video

ASUS have previously said that, until the supply chain problems plaguing Intel's Atom processor are fixed, their Celeron-based Eee PC 900 will continue to be sold alongside the new, Atom-based Eee PC 901.  Although the 900 is cheaper than its eventual-replacement, you could be forgiven for wondering exactly how much more performance you get for your money.  MiniPCPro have managed to pick up a new 901 and benchmarked it against the older budget notebook; turns out, the differences aren't quite as clear cut as you might expect.

Check the video comparison after the cut

Most people are familiar with PCMark05 as a benchmarking tool for a computer's processor.  In MiniPCPro's test, the 900MHz Eee PC 900 managed a PCMark05 score of 1440, while the 1600MHz Eee PC 901 summoned 1496, just 96 points more.  The difference between the two actually shows up in the graphic card performance: far smoother video playback and 3D rendering from the 901, as well as better handling of moving windows around.

While a minor increase in PCMark05 score might be cause for some to hold off the 901, the other testing suggests that real-world practicality is off the scale compared to the original 900.  Whether it's worth the price ASUS are asking, or you should spend your money on a "normal" laptop, that's the next question; it's too early for accurate battery life tests, which should be Atom's strength.

[via electricpig]

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