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OQO Model 2+ gets video unboxing, SSD benchmarks

OQO Model 2+ gets video unboxing, SSD benchmarks

There are now two of OQO's Model 2+ UMPCs out in the wild, and the second - which has the SSD option - paused long enough to get unboxed by MID Moves' Steve Paine.  The solid-state drive seems to make a big difference, with its maximum 53MB read and 35MB write rates keeping Vista moving along smoothly, despite the Intel Atom processor.

Unboxing video of the OQO Model 2+ after the cut

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OQO Model 2+ UMPC benchmarks: HDD holds it back

OQO Model 2+ UMPC benchmarks: HDD holds it back

OQO's new Model 2+ was only officially announced back at CES, but the OLED touchscreen UMPC is already going places.  Pocketables' Jenn is taking it on an Intel-sponsored MID tour, and since one of the biggest changes in this generation of hardware is the switch to the Atom Z540 1.86GHz processor, she's run some benchmarks of her test device. 

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ASUS P565 800MHz CPU whips rival in video benchmarking

ASUS P565 800MHz CPU whips rival in video benchmarking

Back when ASUS announced their P565 Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone last month, one of their most impressive claims was that its 800MHz processor is good for Vsbenchmark scores near double those of rival handsets.  Now video demos of the smartphone in action, up against an HTC Touch Diamond, show just how fast the P565 is.

Check out the video comparisons after the cut

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NEC SX-9 supercomputer reached fastest standing in HPC benchmark challenge

NEC SX-9 supercomputer reached fastest standing in HPC benchmark challenge

We don't talk about supercomputers very often here on SlashGear, but this is definitely interesting. NEC announced yesterday that their SX-9 supercomputer had reached the pinnacle! Yes, it reached the fastest standing in the world when it comes to high performance computer or HPC.

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Intel Atom 330 dual-core benchmarks less impressive than expected

Intel Atom 330 dual-core benchmarks less impressive than expected

Intel's Atom 330 is most definitely intended for the nettop, not the netbook, market, we're told, and so hopes were high that the latest super-efficient chip would offer a pleasing boost of dual-core performance what with battery concerns no longer an issue.  PC Pro brought a Shuttle barebones - I'm guessing the X27D - based on the Atom 330 in from the cold and proceeded to benchmark it against not only the single-core Atom N270 but a 2GHz VIA C7-D system too.  The results were, to be blunt, mildly disappointing.

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Windows 7 pre-beta benchmarks prompt controversy

After a week or so of positive reports on Windows 7 pre-beta performance - with testers generally finding the upcoming OS, even in its current early state, besting Vista in real-world challenges such as start-up and friendliness to ageing or low-power hardware - we're perhaps overdue a more critical one.  InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy certainly delivers the goods, with a full-on benchmarking comparison that, on the face of it, suggests that Windows 7 "threatens to deliver zero measurable performance benefits while introducing new and potentially crippling compatibility issues."

Windows 7 on HP Mini-Note 2133 netbook a mixed-bag

The recently released Windows 7 pre-beta has had its moment on the ASUS Eee PC 1000H and the MSI Wind; now it's off to find more netbooks to play with.  HP Mini Guide have loaded the latest build of the upcoming OS onto an HP Mini-Note 2133 with a mind to run some benchmarks and see how well the VIA C7-M processor handles things.  As it turns out, it's been a mixed experience.

LG X110 netbook unboxed, benchmarked, opened-up; Updated with Video

LG X110 netbook unboxed, benchmarked, opened-up; Updated with Video

You've seen it live and bare, now see the LG X110 netbook stripped from its packaging and paraded.  UMPC Fever have unboxed the 10.1-inch budget ultraportable and not stopped when they got to the plastic; they've also cracked the X110 open to scope out possible upgrade points. 

Update: Check out the video unboxing after the cut

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Samsung NC10 netbook unboxed, benchmarked, up for pre-order

Samsung NC10 netbook unboxed, benchmarked, up for pre-order

The Samsung NC10 netbook has had a pre-release unboxing and benchmark photoshoot, pitting the NC10 against ASUS' Eee PC 901.  While falling short of a full review, it does tell us that the keyboard is more usable than the Eee PC's - thanks to larger keys - and the trackpad, though relatively small, works well.  As for the benchmarks, in CPUMark 2.2 the NC10 scored 75.05 points, while the 901 managed 74.27.

Check out the full Samsung N10 image gallery after the cut

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Raon Digital Everun Note benchmarks better than expected

While we wait for the first proper English-language review of Raon Digital's Everun Note, there's definite interest to be had in the preliminary benchmark testing from UMPC Portal.  If you remember, Raon Digital themselves stirred up some interest pre-launch by announcing some very promising performance figures; at the time there was a collective assumption that they were too good to be true, but in fact that turns out to not be the case.

Steve from UMPC Portal has been able to comfortably use the Everun Note as a desktop replacement, with the setup you see here running two Firefox windows with five tabs, Skype and Livewriter with 434MB of RAM free.  In fact he's unable to tell the difference between the Note's performance in this setup, and that of a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo laptop.

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Raon Digital Everun Note benchmarks suggest best netbook performance yet

Raon Digital's Everun Note was always going to get some attention due to its compact size, but the company's marketing department have really put the cat among the pigeons with the release of a very promising benchmark screenshot.  Using an AMD Turion 64x2 Dual Core 1.2GHz (1MB L2 Cache) processor with 1GB of RAM, the figures - yet to be third-party verified, remember - knock Atom performance into a cocked hat.

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OCZ Core Series 64GB SSD benchmarks suggest performance bargain

The words "cheap" and "SSD" don't tend to cluster together all that much, which is a shame because many people would love to upgrade their tech with cool-running, fast-accessing solid-state storage.  OCZ promised to (almost) change things, with their Core Series line of drives: the predicted retail prices are $169, $259 and $479 for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB respectively, with read transfer rates of over 100MBps and sub-1ms seek times.  Bold claims, and Laptop Mag have had the 64GB model in recently to see if OCZ really have kicked off the age of affordable SSDs.

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