Legit Processor Reviews
ASUS K42F Notebook w/ Intel Core i5 540M Arrandale CPU Review
|Product:||ASUS K42F-B1 14|
|Date:||Sun, Jan 03, 2010 - 11:00 PM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The ASUS K42F-B1 14-inch notebook was amazing to use! This notebook is very fast as you saw from the numerous benchmarks that we threw at the Intel Core i5 540M processor. When the dust settled the Intel Core i5 540M was on average 40-50% faster than Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 processor. This is due to the fact that the Arrandale processor has HyperThreading technology and therefore twice as many threads, but it also has to do with Turbo Mode and the Intel HD Graphics. When it comes to Blu-ray playback, gaming or Croptography performance the Arrandale processor really looked great and is no doubt a processor that has plenty of muscle behind it.
The notebook isn't all muscle though as it has great power consumption numbers and the idle power consumption is excellent. Having the ASUS K42F idle at just 15 Watts just brings a smile to your face. Intel has done a great job with the dynamic power management on the CPU and the GPU in Arrandale. The entire world is trying to reduce their energy footprint, so if conserving power is something that matters to you then look no further. Although, if you want to watch a two-hour long Blu-ray our testing showed you need at least an 8-cell battery and that got us just a tad over 2 hours and 10 minutes in balanced battery mode.
The Intel HD Graphics is still not going to get die-hard gamers and enthusiasts excited, but it is a step forward. In 3DMark Vantage we saw a 51% performance improvement and that carried over to real world game performance as well as in Spore we noted a 51% performance improvement at 1280x720 with the game set to high image quality. Just for fun I ran around in Spore on both the Intel Core i5 540M and the Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 powered notebooks at the same time and the difference was amazing. The notebook with the Intel Core i5 540M was much smoother and the game looked and felt much better. For mainstream and entry level game titles like Spore and Sims 3, a notebook with Intel HD Graphics is all you really do need in order to play!
The ASUS K43F-B1 notebook that we used today (with the expections noted in the test setup) was a killer notebook to be only $999. This notebook is something you really need to try out yourself as you will be impressed. ASUS also has a K43F-A1 notebook at $729.00, but it features a Core i3 350M processor and a smaller a 6-cell battery. For those looking discrete graphics, ASUS has a K42JR-A1 series that is the same chassis and basic feature set, but has an ATI Radeon HD 5470 Mobility GPU, 500GB 7200RPM drive, and the i5-430M. As you can see, the ASUS K42 notebook series will have numerous models and configurations both with and without discrete graphics. With 11 mobile processors coming out today you can only imagine how many 'Arrandale' notebooks will be on the market in 2010!
Legit Bottom Line: The ASUS K42F 14-inch notebook with the Intel Core i5 540M processor is the best mainstream everyday notebook that we have ever used and it was a pre-production sample! Get ready for some great notebooks based on Arrandale in the weeks and months to come!
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Page 1 - Core i5 540M and ASUS K42F
Page 2 - 2010 Intel HD Graphics
Page 3 - The ASUS K42F 14-inch Notebook
Page 4 - Test Setup
Page 5 - Core i5 540M CPU-Z
Page 6 - SiSoftware Sandra 2010c
Page 7 - x264 HD Encoding
Page 8 - Sony Vegas 9.0C Pro
Page 9 - POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 34
Page 10 - Cinebench R10
Page 11 - PCMark Vantage
Page 12 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 13 - Spore - Game Testing
Page 14 - Blu-ray Video Playback
Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 16 - Battery Life Benchmark
Page 17 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions