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Samsung 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 13.3-inch Ultrabook Notebook Review

Samsung 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 13.3-inch Ultrabook Notebook Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Samsung's 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 Ultrabook is the first touch screen laptop to cross PCSTATS test bench with Windows 8 installed. Our first impressions of this new touch screen interface are positive...
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung May 08 2013   Max Page  
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Notebook SSD Benchmarks: PCmark Vantage HDD Suite, AS SSD

FutureMark PCMark Vantage - HDD Suite Source: FutureMark

PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Windows Vista PC from multi media home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs. Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing. Higher points are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage - HDD Suite
Windows Defender: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 156.1
Samsung 900X4C-A02 138.3
Gaming: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 228.2
Samsung 900X4C-A02 164.5
Importing to Photo Gallery: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 147.9
Samsung 900X4C-A02 193.5
Windows Vista Startup: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 123.4
Samsung 900X4C-A02 208.8
Editing w/h Movie Maker: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 89.1
Samsung 900X4C-A02 198.4
Media Center: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 148
Samsung 900X4C-A02 299.4
Adding Files to Media Player: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 41.4
Samsung 900X4C-A02 123.9
Application Loading: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 61.4
Samsung 900X4C-A02 184.7

On the whole, PCMark Vantage positions the 128GB mSATA SSD satisfactorily - but it's not nearly as quick as the full fledged SSD used in Samsung's 9-series ultrabook as the benchmark results clearly indicate.

Next up, AS SSD results...

AS SSD 1.6 Benchmark Source:AS SSD

The AS SSD benchmark determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). AS SSD benchmark is made specifically to test SSD performance. It is a synthetic benchmark that gauges bandwidth and latency speeds for solid state disks. Higher bandwidth (MB/s) is better, lower latencies (ms) are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportAS SSD Benchmark 1.6.4013 - Read/Write
Read Sequential (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 435
Samsung 900X4C-A02 459.58
Write Sequential (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 299.7
Samsung 900X4C-A02 253.42
Read 4K (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 6.46
Samsung 900X4C-A02 18.29
Write 4K (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 7.64
Samsung 900X4C-A02 41.67
Read 4k-64Thrd (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 27.36
Samsung 900X4C-A02 284.47
Write 4k-64Thrd (MB/s) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 7.17
Samsung 900X4C-A02 91.6
Read Acc. Time (ms) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 0.576
Samsung 900X4C-A02 0.137
Write Acc. Time (ms) Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 0.523
Samsung 900X4C-A02 0.087

Windows 8 x64 is installed onto a 128GB mSATA SSD in the Samsung NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook. As we can clearly see by the AS SSD benchmark results this storage medium is pretty weak compared to a good quality SSD under intensive and sustained read/write tests. The 128GB mSATA SSD achieves a Sequential Read result of 435MB/s which is quite good on the surface (Sequential Write: 299MB/s), but falls sharply in the 4K read/write and 4k-64 read/write tests.

So, is this little 5-Series Ultrabook worth your hard earned cash?

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Contents of Article: Samsung NP540U3C-A01
 Pg 1.  Samsung 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 13.3-inch Ultrabook Notebook Review
 Pg 2.  360° View of the Samsung NP540U3C-A01
 Pg 3.  360° View of the Samsung NP540U3C-A01 Continued
 Pg 4.  LCD Viewing Angles and a Shoddy Webcam
 Pg 5.  Challenges with the Touch Screen Windows 8 Interface
 Pg 6.  Looking Under the Hood
 Pg 7.  Notebook Benchmarks: MobileMark, Sysmark 2012, PCmark Vantage
 Pg 8.  Notebook Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 11
 Pg 9.  Notebook Benchmarks: Sandra 2013 CPU / Memory / SSD
 Pg 10.  — Notebook SSD Benchmarks: PCmark Vantage HDD Suite, AS SSD
 Pg 11.  Conclusions: Samsung's NP540U3C-A01 Core i5 Ultrabook

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