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HP Pavilion dm1 - Netbook or Notebook?

By Aloysius Low - 5 May 2011

Performance Benchmarking

Performance Benchmarking

We've rounded up our previously reviewed Toshiba NB550D which uses a similar chipset, and we've already seen the performance difference between the Intel and AMD platforms. So, with the HP Pavilion dm1 using the more powerful E-350 processor, a larger amount of RAM and twice the TDP draw at 18W compared to the Toshiba NB550D's C-50 and 9W draw, we're expecting to see higher numbers from the HP. The Intel Atom based Toshiba NB520 is added to represent the Intel side of the story.

Specifications/Notebook HP Pavilion dm1 Toshiba NB520 Toshiba NB550D
Processor AMD Dual Core E-350 (1.6GHz) with 1MB L2 cache Intel Dual Core Atom N550 (1.5GHz) with 1MB L2 cache AMD Dual Core C-50 (1.0GHz) with 1MB L2 cache
Chipset AMD A50M FCH Intel NM10 AMD A50M FCH
Memory 4GB DDR3 1GB DDR3 1GB DDR3
HDD 640GB HDD 1 x 250GB SATA - 5400RPM 1 x 250GB SATA - 5400RPM

AMD Radeon HD 6310 (integrated graphics)

Intel GMA 3150
(integrated graphics)

AMD Radeon HD 6250
(integrated graphics)


Benchmark Results

With a faster processor, the HP dm1 scored high with a result of 2205, much better than the C-50 processor of the Toshiba NB550D. On the GPU front, the notebook scored 2382 3DMarks, which is quite impressive for a a machine designated as a netbook. A real-life test of Far Cry 2 at Low settings however only showed a 20.06 fps, We did try L4D2 on the machine, which ran surprisingly well on the native resolution (if you don't crank up the settings). Just don't try playing on the trackpad like we did.

  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8.5
  • Mobility 8.5
The Good
Decent performance
Good battery life
The Bad
Odd weight distribution