Dell Inspiron 14z Laptop Review

6. OS and Software8. Platform Benchmarks


Dell Inspiron 14z Laptop Review

Specification and Methodology

Dell Inspiron 14z
Core i5-2430M
4GB DDR3-1333

Intel HD Graphics

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 640GB

Selected comparions: MSI GX660R, Dell XPS 15z

Sony Optiarc BC-5000S Blu-Ray Drive VIA USB
OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 SSD (USB 3 Testing)
Roccat Kone[+]
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
Razer Onza Tournament XBOX 360 Controller

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
DirectX 9.0c/10/11 (November 2010)
Intel RST 10.6

3DMark11
PowerDVD 11 Ultra
Adobe Master Collection CS5.5
Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
dBpoweramp
AIDA 64
Google Chrome
Cyberlink MediaExpresso 6.5
Flash 11
SiSoft Sandra
StarCraft II
PCMark 7

Fraps

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

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