In preparation for the Linux testing and hardware review of the ASUS Zenbook Prime ultrabook and the Haswell Celeron based Acer C720 Chromebook, over the past few days I've been running some new laptop Linux reference benchmarks. With six of the laptops in my lab, I did clean installs of Ubuntu 13.10 and proceeded to run a clean set of performance benchmarks on them.
The tested hardware included the ThinkPad T60 (Core Duo T2400), ThinkPad T61 (Core 2 Duo T9300), ThinkPad W510 (Core i7 720QM), Apple MacBook Pro (Core i5 520M), ASUS S56C Ultrabook (Core i3 3217U), and HP EliteBook 161C (Core i5 2520M). The range of laptops tested spanned a few generations and were limited to laptops I had available, sans a few others that were busy running other Linux benchmarking tasks at the time. These will be among the Linux laptop targets compared to in the upcoming Linux reviews of the Acer C720 and ASUS Zenbook. You can expect to find those reviews on Phoronix later this month.
For those curious how Intel laptop CPUs have evolved over a few generations or are looking for some new reference targets for running your own comparative benchmarks, over on OpenBenchmarking.org I have uploaded these benchmarks to 1312030-SO-LINUXLAPT50.
That above link has all of the Linux benchmark results for these six laptops, including graphics, CPU, and disk benchmarks. All benchmarking was facilitated using the Phoronix Test Suite Linux benchmarking software. If installing the open-source benchmarking suite on your own system, you can generate fully-automated, side-by-side performance results by simply typing phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1312030-SO-LINUXLAPT50. Give it a shot! You can also monitor the power consumption and other metrics via setting the MONITOR=all PERFORMANCE_PER_WATT=1 environment variables prior to running the Phoronix Test Suite.
Now see the rest of the results. Stay tuned for the upcoming Linux laptop/ultrabook reviews.