PCMark 8

HWM (Malaysia) - - MULTI-TEST -

PCMark 8 is a syn­thetic bench­mark that puts the ma­chines through nor­mal us­age sce­nar­ios such as web brows­ing, doc­u­ment writ­ing, video en­cod­ing, photo edit­ing and ca­sual gam­ing. A good gauge of over­all per­for­mance is the Home bench­mark, which com­bines all of the above men­tioned tasks.

All of our note­books have sim­i­lar com­po­nents, with an In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sor, in­te­grated graph­ics and a fast SSD. The only dif­fer­ences are Sony’s VAIO Pro 13, which has just 4GB RAM, and ASUS Zen­book UX301, which has a more pow­er­ful 2.8 GHz pro­ces­sor and In­tel Iris 5100 graph­ics.

For the Home bench­mark, the Acer As­pire S7 man­aged to stay ahead of the ASUS Zen­book UX301, de­spite the lat­ter hav­ing a more pow­er­ful CPU and GPU. This re­sult in­di­cates that the UX301’s su­pe­rior chip doesn’t give it much of an ad­van­tage if you’re us­ing it as a gen­eral pur­pose ma­chine.

In the Cre­ative Bench­mark, which tests the ma­chines’ abil­i­ties to en­code and edit mul­ti­me­dia, as well as gam­ing, the Zen­book UX301 CPU starts to per­form as ex­pected. It scored 23% bet­ter than the Acer As­pire S7, mostly thanks to its more pow­er­ful on­board In­tel Iris graph­ics 5100, which is re­spon­si­ble for ren­der­ing and en­cod­ing mul­ti­me­dia.

And as for the Work bench­mark, it’s the en­ter­prise-friendly Toshiba Portege Z30 that leads the Ul­tra­books. Its no-frills de­sign al­lows it to per­form best on what’s most im­por­tant for its tar­get au­di­ence (brows­ing and doc­u­ment edit­ing) while pre­serv­ing bat­tery life.

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