OCZ Neutrino 10in DIY Netbook
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-07-2009
Provided by: OCZ Technology
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Testing

I ran a usual battery of performance tests on the OCZ Neutrino, including SiSoft Sandra's CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, and Memory Latency tests, as well as Super Pi 4MB, Atto Disk Benchmark, Cinebench R10 (1xCPU), and a default Battery Eater Pro test. To get a sense of how the Neutrino performed as compared to other netbooks, I performed the same benchmarks on my MSI Wind U100. All tests were performed on a fresh install of fully updated Windows XP Home SP3, with all manufacturer provided drivers installed, as well as Symantec Antivirus.

One test worth pointing out was the battery test. For the battery test, I ran Battery Eater Pro on the Neutrino, with the screen at full brightness and WiFi on. The total battery life was 1 hour, 44 minutes, which is certainly not too impressive. It's important to bear in mind that the standard Battery Eater test does put the computer at a bit of a load, however the Neutrino's performance was only a little more than half that of my MSI Wind when it was new.


Because almost all netbooks run identical hardware configurations, non-battery performance comparisons are generally a wash. OCZ's Neutrino did have an obvious advantage during testing due to its solid-state hard-drive and its extra 1GB of RAM as compared to the Wind. All test results were exactly as expected: in HDD intensive tests, the Neutrino was much faster due to the SSD, in general system tests and CPU tests, the Neutrino was slightly faster due to the extra 1GB of RAM. In memory-specific benchmarks, however, the Wind performed marginally better than the Neutrino.

Rather than provide all tests results here and comment on them individually, due to their as-predicted results, I am including them as an appendix to the review for those who are interested. After all, a netbook is not meant to be a performance machine, but rather a lightweight mobile computing solution.

Continue on as we wrap up this review with thoughts on usage and conclusions, just ahead.


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