Quiet computer

ANdrei lists at hausro.de
Tue Sep 19 05:20:02 PDT 2006

I will have FreeBSD on this PIII-850 laptop I am writing from right now... 
If I get the time, maybe even this evening. And then I will post my ubench 
results of course for all of you to see.

As of right now I run WinXP on it and SuSe 10 (I am a FreeBSD fan and user, 
but for my multimedia jobs I just cannot use anything besides WinXP because 
of software support :( --- and this ver.10 of SuSe seems to be my biggest 
mistake ever and lost time, but unfortunately when I was on the road and had 
to get a Unix-alike on my laptop, my FreeBSD cd wouldn't boot, and this 
Linux DVD was lying around - but I would suggest everybody to forget SuSe10 
as a solution especially for older hardware - but I digress...).

Anyway, Linux is dead slow on this machine (Fujitsu-Siemens E-series: Intel 
PIII 850MHz with SpeedStep, 20GB Fujitsu HDD, 256MB RAM [probably PC100 
because of the bus, never looked at them], ATi Mobility 128 AGP 4x 16MB 
non-shared, on AC power with maximum performance profile) and barely usable 
because of this.
Windows XP is very ok and usable, but feels much slower compared to my VIA 
C3 based laptop, that one seems faster even when on battery and 
power-saving. The only difference is that the VIA C3 has DDRAM and a 133 

The VIA C3 based laptop is very responsive, and I would compare it to some 
Pentium M laptops I've used. Although a Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO 1,4GHz was 
much faster in real life, an IBM 1,4GHz Celeron I have used felt slower than 
this C3... I guess it depends *alot* on the rest of the hardware (that IBM 
ThinkPad was probably a very poor design).

Main usage for these laptops is in sound editing, photo/video works (not 
very much complex filtering, so I guess the floating point performance isn't 
very important), web authoring, networking jobs and all kind of daily stuff.

The C3 is anyway extremely fast for cryptography, EXTREMELY, nothing 
compares to it in my opinion, as it has a hardware engine for this. And if 
you use this, you notice the difference.

ok, enough boring stuff,I'll post my results of the PIII asap ;)

Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down
to their level then beat you with experience...
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <soralx at cydem.org>
To: <freebsd-hardware at freebsd.org>
Cc: <lists at hausro.de>
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 7:06 AM
Subject: Re: Quiet computer

> Surprising indeed. See, e.g.
> http://www.phystech.com/download/ubench/ref56.html:
> From: Troy Arie Cobb <tcobb at circle.net7gt;
> Subject: Ubench results
> Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 10:22:19 -0500
> Dual PIII 850MHz, 1GB PC-100 RAM
> FreeBSD 4.5-RC FreeBSD 4.5-RC #1: Sun Jan 27 0 i386
> Ubench CPU:    96156
> Ubench MEM:    58845
> --------------------
> Ubench AVG:    77500
> This means that the score for single PIII-850 would be about 45k.
> PIII-933 with 133MHz FSB and Tualatin core (which is the best Intel
> designed so far, IMHO) should be even better. So, David, you might
> want to checkout the Low Voltage P-III's (12.2W) too:
> http://www.intel.com/design/intarch/pentiumiii/pentiumiii.htm
> Still, how fast the system 'feels' is probably more important than
> plain scores, so if someone who runs 8 busy KDE workspaces says it's
> OK, then it probably is [I think there's no need to tell you just
> how voracious KDE is as for resources] :)
>> [...]
>> Olivier Gautherot
> [SorAlx]  ridin' VN1500-B2

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