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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...
 85% Rating:   
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung May 08 2013   Max Page  
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Notebook Benchmarks: MobileMark, Sysmark 2012, PCmark Vantage

Bapco MobileMark 2012 - Battery Life Tests Source: Bapco

MobileMark 2012 is BAPCo's latest revision of their laptop battery testing suite. It tests battery life under a variety of situations including wireless Internet usage. Battery life is recorded in minutes for each test. The test was conducted with the screen at default brightness

Samsung NP540U3C-A01 Battery Life Result

Samsung's NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook laptop uses an internal 52Wh LiPolymer battery pack that cannot be upgraded to a higher capacity unit -- hence battery longevity is quite important. Notebooks in the Ultrabook category are designed with a host of energy conserving technologies, for example the display backlighting is done with energy efficient LEDs, and the hard drive, typically one of the biggest power draws is replaced by an mSATA SSD. On top of all that, the notebook uses the latest generation mobile Intel Core i5 'ivy bridge' CPU which has a rated TDP of just 17 watts.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportBapco MobileMark 2012 - Battery Life Tests
Office Productivity: (minutes) Minutes Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 378
Samsung 900X4C-A02 462
O.P. Qualification Rating: Score Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 79
Samsung 900X4C-A02 91

First question, how long does it take to recharge the NP540U3C-A01's 4-cell 52Wh Li-Polymer battery. In PCSTATS' tests, recharging from less than 10% charge to 50% change took about 1h18min time. To recharge the battery to 100% strength required just under 3 hours, which is pretty quick.

Turning to Bapco's MobileMark 2012 - in the Office Productivity battery rundown test, the Samsung NP540U3C-A01 lasted for a solid 378 minutes, or 6 hours and 18 minutes with the WiFi on and actively in use during the run-down benchmark. During this test the 5-series notebook achieved an Office Productivity Performance Qualification Rating of 79.

Next up PCSTATS will benchmark the Samsung NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook with a range of productivity and content creation benchmarks.

SYSmark 2012 Source: Bapco

SYSmark 2012 is an application-based benchmark that reflects usage patterns of business users in the areas of office productivity, data/financial analysis, system management, media creation, 3D modeling and web development. SYSmark 2012 is a ground up development and features the latest and most popular applications from each of their respective fields.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSYSMark 2012
Overall: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 106
Samsung 900X4C-A02 128
Office Productivity: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 111
Samsung 900X4C-A02 126
Media Creation: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 110
Samsung 900X4C-A02 125
Web Development: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 95
Samsung 900X4C-A02 118
Data / Financial Analysis: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 126
Samsung 900X4C-A02 136
3D Modeling: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 92
Samsung 900X4C-A02 115
System Management: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 103
Samsung 900X4C-A02 154

Sysmark 2012 is a system-level benchmark composed of a dozen or so applications used in a real world context, with pauses and intensive periods over the course of several hours. The Samsung NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook scored a result of 106, which is good for a mid-range Intel Core i5 platform. Compared to the higher end NP900X4C-A02 notebook PCSTATS previously tested (which is powered by a 1.9GHz, quad-core Intel Core i7-3517U processor) the Samsung NP540U3C-A01 Ultrabook is a touch slower.

PCMark Vantage results are next.

FutureMark PCMark Vantage Source: FutureMark

The latest version of the popular PCMark series, PCMark Vantage is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including whole applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark Vantage to maintain a smaller installation size while still giving accurate results.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage
Overall: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 9291
Samsung 900X4C-A02 12477
Memory: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 6101
Samsung 900X4C-A02 7516
TV and Movies: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 4000
Samsung 900X4C-A02 5270
Gaming: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 7759
Samsung 900X4C-A02 9239
Music: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 9796
Samsung 900X4C-A02 15839
Communications: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 7388
Samsung 900X4C-A02 13324
Productivity: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 14457
Samsung 900X4C-A02 16216
HDD: Points Ranking
Samsung 540U3C-A01 23659
Samsung 900X4C-A02 39251

An overall score of 9291 for the 5-series Samsung NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook is okay, but lower than what we expected given the results of the competing 9-series ultrabook previously tested (installed with Windows 7 x64). Much of the difference seems to come down to the mSATA SSD the NP540U3C-A01 is equipped with.

Next up, 3DMark benchmarks for the Intel HD 4000 graphics core used with the NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook.

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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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