Samsung ATIV Book 6 Review

August 30, 2013 by Michael Wall Reads (180,430)

Performance and Benchmarks

Equipped with a 2.4 GHz i7-3635QM processor, 8GB of RAM, AMD HD 8770M discrete graphics and a 1TB HDD, the Samsung ATIV Book 6 provides solid performance capable of handling most tasks with relative ease. It would have been nice to see Samsung include a fourth-generation Haswell processor to the ATIV Book 6, but the device still boasts impressive performance levels at this price point.

The device can handle standard word and web functions with relative ease. While testing the device on more than one occasion, the ATIV Book 6 was able to run more than 10 web tabs simultaneously with two video streams playing in the background without showing any sign of lag or a drop in performance. The notebook also proves suitable for more demanding Office tasks such as complicated Microsoft Excel, and with its 8GB of RAM, the device is able to juggle multiple tasks without any noticeable slow down.

With a dedicated AMD HD8770M GPU the ATIV Book 6 offers far better graphics performance than the traditional notebook relying on Intel Integrated graphics; however, equipped with only 1GB of DDR5 the ATIV Book 6 will still struggle to offer the same functionality offered by my most gaming rigs. Still, the notebook should prove more than suitable for 1080p video editing and capable of playing older titles with serviceable performance. The ATIV Book 6 can even play a few newer more graphically demanding titles, but only at the lowest settings with inconsistent performance.

While the ATIV Book 6 offers ample storage with its 1TB HDD, the lack of an SSD storage device does somewhat hamper the device’s performance. Users can expect noticeably slower boot up and data retrieval speeds than competing devices offering an SSD. Even lacking an SSD the ATIV Book 6 was able to offer solid boot up times averaging around 22 seconds to load up to Windows 8. The 5400 RPM HDD should prove adequate for most users; however, power users looking for optimal performance will want to opt for a machine with an SSD.

Our Samsung ATIV Book 6 review unit includes the following configuration:

  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • 15.6″ LED touch-screen Display (1920 x 1080)
  • 2.4 GHz i7-3635QM
  • AMD HD 8770M Graphics (1GB DDR5)
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 1TB HDD (5400 RPM)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4-cell Li-ion Battery
  • Dimensions: 14.75″ x 9.8″ x 0.9″
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs.
  • Price: $1,200

 

wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance): 

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance): 

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test:

 

Heat and Noise
The Samsung ATIV Book 6 houses a vent that sits at the front-end of the chassis facing the notebook’s 180 degree display hinge. Under normal circumstances, the device proves to be fairly quiet and remains comfortably cool. When the device becomes taxed, a noticeable hum is produced by the fan, but with the vent directing the air away from the notebook, the ATIV Book 6 manages to continue to remain cool. Even when pushed to capacity the Samsung ATIV Book 6 remains cool enough that it can be comfortably used as a laptop without any discomfort to the user.

 

Battery Life
To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding, the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.

In our tests, the Samsung ATIV Book 6 ran for 3 hours and 30 minutes with the display set to 110 nits before shutting down. Running a clean three and half hours the Samsung ATIV Book 6 offers fairly standard battery life for a 15.6″ notebook at this price point. With the test being a bit more strenuous than normal conditions, users can likely expect a few more hours of battery life out of the device.  Regardless it’s probably best to have the power jack on-hand while traveling with ATIV Book 6, especially when taxing the machine’s AMD GPU.

 


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