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PCmark 05, Everest, Super PI


Although memory bandwidth is not all that important when looking at the performance of Core 2 processors, this may still have a negative impact on performance.

We recorded 16MB read and write results using PCmark05. As you can see, despite being clocked at 2.8GHz with DDR2-667 memory, the bandwidth performance of the Core 2 Extreme X9000 processor in the Area-51 m15x is not all that impressive.


The EVEREST Ultimate Edition test confirms the results we saw before with the Area-51 m15x falling behind in memory performance compared to a budget desktop PC.


Despite the average memory bandwidth performance, using the high-performance profile the Area-51 m15x does well in Super PI. Here the Alienware notebook matches the performance of the E7200 and Q9450 desktop systems which is impressive.