Dell Studio 14: Defining Solidby Dustin Sklavos on August 19, 2010 2:49 AM EST
General Performance of the Studio 14
The Studio 14 we have on hand has a fairly low-to-middle-of-the-road configuration, but upgrade pricing on Dell's site for most components (excepting graphics) is reasonable at least. Here's a refresher of how our unit was configured:
|Dell Studio 14 Test System|
Intel Core i5 430M
(2x2.26GHz, 32nm, 3MB L3, Turbo to 2.53GHz, 35W)
|Memory||2x2GB DDR3-1333 (Max 2x4GB)|
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 1GB GDDR3
(80 Stream Processors, 675MHz/1.6GHz Core/RAM clocks)
|Display||14" LED Glossy 16:9 720p (1366x768)|
|Hard Drive(s)||Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB 7200RPM|
|Optical Drive||Slot-loading DVD+/-RW Combo Drive|
|Battery||6-Cell, 11.1V, 56Wh battery|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|Dimensions||13.25" x 9.48" x 0.98"-1.52” (WxDxH)|
|Weight||5.25 lbs (with 6-cell battery)|
Starting at $599.99
~$900 as configured from Dell
Once again we employ Futuremark's PCMark05 and PCMark Vantage to get a feel for the basic performance of the Studio 14's Core i5-430M processor, with some of the tests also stressing the storage and graphics subsystems.
The i5-430M in our review unit slots in exactly where it should be. Intel's per-clock performance in this line continues to be impressive and a healthy jump from the previous generation, outclassing competition from AMD.
Once again, no surprises here. The i5-430M performs exactly as you'd expect and falls neatly in line. At least we can say that as far as basic performance is concerned, the Studio 14 is where it should be and will certainly be more than adequate for most users.