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Windows 7 pre-beta benchmarks prompt controversy

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."

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.

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Raon Digital Everun Note benchmarks better than expected

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 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

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.

ATI Radeon HD 4850 escapes early, gets benchmarked & impresses

ATI Radeon HD 4850 escapes early, gets benchmarked & impresses

One of AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon video cards using the RV770 GPU, first tipped in May, has slipped out early and delivered some details into the hands of HotHardware.  The ATI Radeon HD 4850 features 800 stream processors packed onto a 55nm GPU with a 625MHz clock speed.  As expected, there's 512MB of 993MHz GDDR3 RAM linked with a 256-bit memory bus.  Of course, when you're holding a pre-release card you don't just sit & grin at it; you slap it into a test system and benchmark it against some of NVIDIA's latest rivals.

ASUS Eee PC 900 and 901 benchmark comparison video

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.

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