05-11-2013 01:32 PM
So I've purchased (although not yet received) a new Helix from Provantage. I chose the i7/8GB/256GB version because I fall into the "more RAM is more macho" camp. heh
The Helix will primarily be used for the office and it's a great device for that. However, at home I have an ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ at home. I upgraded it to 12GB RAM, in fact, and it's blazing fast. But I was wondering if the Helix could compete with it. Here's a brief comparison:
|Core||i7-3612QM Quad core||i7-3667U Dual core|
|Clock speed||2.1 GHz (3.1GHz Turbo)||2.0 GHz (3.2GHz Turbo)|
|CPU wattage||35 Watts||17 watts (9 watts undocked)|
|RAM||12GB DDR3-1600 MHz||8GB DDR3L-1333 MHz|
|Storage||Dual Sandisk SSD drives (128GB + 128GB)||Single 256GB SSD (unknown mfg)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 2GB + Intel HD Graphics 4000||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
The Zenbook beats it in almost all performance areas, but I'm not sure I'll notice the difference. I have a Surface Pro right now and it chokes up on graphics-heavy webpages and doesn't do well while I'm running a memory hungry Citrix client. I'm returning the Surface Pro for the Helix for this reason alone. But the Surface Pro ain't no Helix. The i7/8GB trumps i5/4GB.
I'm not sure if the power consumption difference is because the Zenbook is a quad core or not. The dedicated graphics card in the Zenbook is not important to me since I don't render video and am not into gaming. Photoshop quite a bit, but that's all. I purchased a Plugable USB Dock so I'll be able to have a fullsize monitor/keyboard when I need it.
Anyone want to speculate on how the Helix will compete with the Zenbook?