Asus EEE-PC 1005HA Netbook
In order to gauge our little EEE-PC’s performance capability, we ran a number of benchmarks from our standard suite of synthetic tests.
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC.
Hard Disk Drive Performance
What’s evidently clear is that the Atom N270 processor is not particularly quick to say the least. The CPU Arithmetic and Multimedia results are scores which are easily comparable to CPU’s that date as far back as 2002/2003. Of course, the performance is attained with superlative power consumption figures and given the roles of the machine, it’s easily excused. On the other hand, Hard Disk Drive performance often has a larger role with day to day machines as general media is often held back by access times and read/write speeds. In this case, the 1005HA’s Seagate 250GB SATA II Hard Disk Drive performed very well for itself.
The final set of “performance” tests used to torture the EEE-PC was Video and Sound playback. These tests are covered by Microsoft’s HD Video Suite and Flash Video Playback on a predetermined video on Youtube.
Throughout both video clips, the 1005HA held it’s own. CPU Utilisation may have been nearing 100%, but the quality of playback was acceptably smooth. The speakers, while predictably gutless were able to reach high volumes without the sound distorting and sported reasonable quality at lower ranges.
Flash Player on the other hand is quite demanding on the processor. Our particular video test was TTL’s Radeon HD 5000 Video Round-Up. With the video fully loaded, the netbook was unable to cope with playback of 720p and upwards. It was akin to a slideshow and completely unplayable.