MSI Wind benchmarks: maybe I shouldn’t have bought that $1,300 UMPC


Yup, it’s my duly sworn oath to comply with the needs of those that require benchmarks, so here’s my morning run of CrystalMark R3 on the MSI Wind. Considering that many netbooks have very similar component configurations, I don’t think these numbers will surprise anyone that’s been following this device class. In fact, the Asus 1000H is nearly identical, so therefore, the same benchmark tool running on the same OS would likely generate very similar numbers.

When compared to the benchmarks of the SSD version of the Acer Aspire One (AAO) that I bought, tested and returned, the biggest differentiator is of course the one major hardware difference: the hard drive. The 5400 RPM drive in the MSI Wind is far faster in five of the six tested categories; only the Random Read 64K test was faster with the Intel SSD in the AAO. The Wind uses a 2.5-inch Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard drive and easily bested the slow flash module that Acer went with. CrystalMark saw sequential read and write speeds of 44.82 MBps and 42.77 MBps in the Wind; the AAO transferred data at 37.2 MBps and 3.06 MBps in the same test.

Overall, I’m impressed with nearly all of the Intel Atom netbook benchmarks I’ve seen. And surprised to a degree. Having spent nearly $1,300 on an Intel Core Solo UMPC earlier this year, it’s phenomenal that benchmarks between the two are so close when compared to netbooks that are around 30% to 50% in terms of price. Of course there are plenty of other factors in a purchase decision, but still… it’s amazing when you think about it. Stay tuned for the BatteryEater test as I should be running that later today. Let’s see what the minimum runtime of the MSI Wind is with a 6-cell battery; I’m guessing 4.5-hours with WiFi on and the screen at 50% brightness. For my usage patterns, that should equate to nearly 5.5-hours of mobile computing on the Wind.