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Annex I2

Microcomputer NMSO E60EJ-11000C/xxx/EJ

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Annex I2: Benchmark Ratings Analysis for Desktop Categories 1.0D-6.0D

1.1 Overall Score Methodology

  1. The overall score for each system is determined by calculating the weighted individual Performance, Features, Usability and Problem ratings. The weights applied to the six basic components are listed below:

    • i.
      Performance
      30%
    • ii.
      Hardware Features
      21%
    • iii.
      Environmental Stewardship
      9%
    • iv.
      TCO Value Added Features
      12%
    • v.
      TCO Value Added Usability
      21%
    • vi.
      Problems
      7%
  2. Formula: [Product (Score ^ Individual Weight)] ^ [1 / Sum of weights], where '^' is the exponentiation operator.

  3. RVD Discount: (System’s Own Overall Score – Lowest Overall Score) X 5.

1.2 Performance Scoring Methodology

  1. The performance of each system is tested by Intertek under the Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 bit operating system using a series of application-based benchmarks, which utilize real-world tasks. The results for each test are recorded as transactions-per-minute. To calculate the overall performance score for a system, first a geometric mean is taken of all the individual test results in each application benchmark, resulting in a score for each application benchmark. Then, a weighted geometric mean of all of the application scores is taken, providing an overall performance index for the system.

  2. The weight assigned to each of the applications is listed below:

    Weight Test
    2 Microsoft Word Office
    2 Microsoft Excel Office
    2 Adobe PhotoShop
    2 Microsoft Access
    1 3D Video (MadOnion)
  3. Formula: [Product (Application Geometric Mean ^ Application Weight) ] ^ [ 1 / Sum Application Weights], where '^' is the exponentiation operator.

1.3 Hardware Features Scoring Methodology

  1. Intertek compiles and verifies the list of features provided for each system. Specifications, such as the speed of memory required, are provided by the vendors. The presence of a weighted item results in a score being assigned, while its absence would procure a 0. The features score is a weighted average of scores for individual items. The weights assigned to each item are listed below. The weighted average is then multiplied by 10 to rescale from 0 to 10.

  2. Formula: Features Score = [Sum of the weighted elements / Sum of the weights]×10

Weight Item
Manufacturer (0)
0 Manufacturer
0 Model
0 Date of model introduction
PROCESSOR AND CHIP SET (31)
0 Processor Manufacturer
0 Processor Model
0 Intel Core (Second Generation) Processor ("Sandy Bridge")
7 Intel Core (Second Generation ) Processor ("Ivy Bridge")
7 AMD Trinity Fusion processor
0 Processor Number (e.g. Intel 3550, AMD 2393SE)
0 Number of CPU cores
0 Number of CPU threads
5 Cores and threads exceed minimum
3 CPU clock rate exceeds minimum specifications by >25%
3 Intel Turbo Boost enabled
0 Intel VPro capable
0 64 bit extensions
0 Pin-out configuration (e.g. LGA1155, AM3+)
0 Chip set manufacturer
0 Chip set model/number
3 Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) compliant (chip set
3 AMD Commercial Stable Image Platform (CSIP) compliant (chip set)
0 Intel VT-d and VT-x virtualisation feature embedded
0 AMD-V virtualisation feature embedded
MOTHERBOARD (3)
0 Motherboard manufacturer
0 Motherboard model
0 Motherboard revision identifier
0 Form Factor (ATX, micro-ATX, BTX)
3 PCI 3.0 support
0 Vacant PCI slots
0 Vacant PCI Express 4x slots (Gen 1.0)
0 Vacant PCI Express 4x slots (Gen 2.0)
0 Vacant PCI Express 8x slots (Gen 1.0)
0 Vacant PCI Express 8x slots (Gen 2.0)
0 Vacant PCI-Express 16x slot (Gen 2.0)
0 Internal vacant USB header for how many additional ports
BIOS (0)
0 Vendor
0 Version
0 Flash ROM
0 renewable CMOS battery
0 Computrace persistence module
MEMORY (3)
0 Amount of RAM bid and benchmarked
0 RAM type is (e.g. DDR3 1333)
0 Optimal RAM multiples (dual, triple)
0 Total number of DIMM slots
0 Number of vacant DIMM slots after 4.0 GB. configuration
0 RAM expandability without swapping current RAM
3 DIMM slots number 6 or greater
0 DIMM module is ISO 9001 manufactured
HARD DISK AND CONTROLLER (9)
0 Hard drive manufacturer tested
0 Hard drive model tested
0 Hard disk size
0 Hard disk is 2.5 inch and SATA version 3.0
0 Drive is SATA version 3.0 (6.0 GB/s.)
0 Embedded SATA version 3.0 (6.0 GB/s) drive controller
0 Number of vacant SATA version 3.0 channels
3 Default drive capacity exceeds specification (>50%)
0 7200 RPM spin rate
3 RPM spin rate exceeds specification
0 On-board drive cache size
3 Hard drive is hybrid technology
0 Solid State hard drive available as option (state capacities)
CERTIFICATIONS (8)
0 Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs certified for Windows 7
0 Acoustical ISO 9296 tested for ISO 7779 values of less than 5.3 bels (~53 decibels)
4 Acoustical signature (active with optical drive) less than 5.0 bels
0 VESA-FDPM (Video Electronics Standards Association - Flat Panel Display-Measurement) certified to meet minimum NMSO specifications
3 Linux OS certified compatible (SuSE, Ubantu, RedHat (1 for each))
1 Solaris certified
0 ISV certifications for entire workstation configuration
0 Industry Canada Emissions verification standard # ICES-003
0 CSA, Cdn. Electrical Code part 1
0 Energy Star vers 5.0 certified
0 Power supply 80Plus Gold certified
0 Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Toot (EPEAT) certified - Gold level
0 PCI System unit is TCO '05 certified
0 TCO '05 compliant 23 inch LCD monitor
0 TCO '05 compliant 27 inch LCD monitor
0 ISO 9241-307 (class 1) compliant pixel fault warranty for monitor
0 EPEAT Gold compliant 23 inch monitor
0 EPEAT Gold compliant 27 inch monitor
0 System unit manufacturer is ISO 14001 certified
0 23 Monitor manufacturer is ISO 14001 certified
0 27 Monitor manufacturer is ISO 14001 certified
VIDEO CONTROLLER (22)
0 Video controller make and model
0 GPU make and model
0 Embedded video controller on motherboard
0 Discrete video controller
0 Direct X 10.0 capable
0 Windows Display Driver Model compliant driver
0 Amount of dedicated video RAM (cat 4.0)
0 Amount of addressable video RAM
4 SLI capable with second 16x PCI express controller
4 Crossfire capable with second 16x PCI express controller
0 Video ports standard (DisplayPort and DVI-I, DisplayPort and DVI-D, DisplayPort and VGA analogue, dual DisplayPort)
3 HDMI and DisplayPort standard
3 Video RAM is DDR5 or greater (cat. 5.0)
0 DisplayPort to DVI cabling supplied
0 Analogue cabling supplied
0 Maximum wide resolution
3 16:10 aspect ratio
3 Diagonal screen size exceeds 23 inches
0 DDC 2b. (Display Data Channel)
2 DDC/CI (Display Data Channel/Command Interface)
23 INCH WIDE LCD VIDEO MONITOR (23)
0 Monitor manufacturer
0 Monitor model
0 Display size
6 Display is 24 inch
0 Aspect Ratio
0 Monitor is LED edge-lit
6 Monitor is full array backlit LED
4 Monitor is based on enhanced In-plane Switching (IPS) technology
0 Monitor is based on enhanced vertical Alignment (VA) technology
4 Monitor is based on enhanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) technology
0 Integrated stereo speakers standard
2 Speakers come in detachable sound bar
0 Native resolution
0 Horizontal viewing angle (measured @ 10:1 contrast ratio)
0 Contrast ratio (typical)
0 Brightness in cd/m2
0 Height/tilt/swivel adjustable
0 Pivot function
0 DisplayPort input
0 Type of second input (VGA analogue, DVI)
0 DisplayPort cable supplied
0 DVI cable supplied
0 VGA analogue cable supplied
0 VESA 100 mm. wall-mount capable
3 Integrated USB hub (1 "up" and 1 "down")
2 USB "down" ports exceed specification (2 for each, max 4)
0 DDC 2b support
2 DDC/CI support
0 bilingual on screen control menu
0 # of years manufacturer's warranty
0 TCO Display 5 compliant
0 EPEAT Gold compliant
0 EnergyStar 5.0 compliant
0 ISO 9241-307 (class 1) compliant pixel fault warranty
0 Third party VESA-FPDM tested for specification authentication
0 User presence detect for automatic power down and power up for power savings
0 Full array back-lit LED has local dimming for power savings
0 Kensington lock slot
27 INCH WIDE LCD VIDEO MONITOR (20)
0 Monitor manufacturer
0 Monitor model
0 Display size
0 Aspect Ratio
0 Monitor is LED edge-lit
6 Monitor is full array backlit LED
4 Monitor is based on enhanced In-plane Switching (IPS) technology
0 Monitor is based on enhanced vertical Alignment (VA) technology
4 Monitor is based on enhanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) technology
0 Integrated stereo speakers standard
2 Speakers come in detachable sound bar
0 Native resolution
0 Horizontal viewing angle (measured @ 10:1 contrast ratio)
0 Contrast ratio (typical)
0 Brightness in cd/m2
0 Height/tilt/swivel adjustable
0 Pivot function
0 DisplayPort input
0 Type of second input (VGA analogue, DVI, HDMI)
0 DisplayPort cable supplied
0 DVI cable supplied
0 VGA analogue cable supplied
0 VESA 100 mm. wall-mount capable
3 Integrated USB hub (1 "up" and 1 "down")
4 USB ports included
0 DDC 2b support
2 DDC/CI support
0 bilingual on screen control menu
0 # of years manufacturer's warranty
0 TCO Display 5 compliant
0 EPEAT Gold compliant
0 EnergyStar 5.0 compliant
3 ISO 9241-307 (class 1) compliant pixel fault warranty
0 ISO 9241-307 (class 2) compliant pixel fault warranty
0 Third party VESA-FPDM tested for specification authentication
0 User presence detect for automatic power down and power up for power savings
0 Full array back-lit LED has local dimming for power savings
0 Kensington lock slot
NETWORK INTERFACE CONTROLLER (1)
0 Manufacturer
0 Model
0 32 bit 10/100/1000 Ethernet
0 NIC(s) embedded on motherboard
0 UTP RJ-45 port
0 Protocols supported: TCP/IP v. 6.0
0 Wired for Management (WfM) vers. 2.0.
1 Hardware-based IPSec encryption features
I/O PORTS(4)
0 RJ-45 Ethernet ports
0 Number of USB vers. 2.0 ports
1 Number of USB vers. 2.0 ports greater than 6 (1 for each)
1 Number of USB 3.0 (1 for each)
0 Number of front facing USB ports
1 Number of eSATA ports (1 for each)
0 IEEE 1284 parallel port
1 IEEE 1394 port
0 PS/2 mouse port
0 PS/2 keyboard port
CASE AND CHASSIS (24)
0 Tower case height (cat. 2.0)
0 Available 5.25-inch drive with frontal exposure after configuration
0 Total internal 3.5-inch drive expansion after configuration
0 Total internal 2.5-inch drive expansion after configuration
0 Total available 3.5-inch with frontal exposure after configuration
0 Total available 2.5-inch with frontal exposure after configuration
2 Total number of 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive bays exceeds 4
2 Card Reader bay with frontal exposure
0 Drive device rails supplied for ea. Vacant 5" bay to support 3 " device
0 Tool-less cover removal involving thumbscrews
3 Tool-less cover removal with quick-release cover latches or case tabs (no vacant screwholes, covered or otherwise)
1 Tool-less memory shroud removal
1 Tool-less PCI and PCI Express expansion card removal
1 Tool-less system chassis fan or hard drive fan removal
1 Tool-less swing out or quick release drive cage or slide out drives
1 Tool-less or swing away power supply
1 Tool-less slide out hard drive
1 Tool-less motherboard removal (expansion card removal must be tool-less as well)
0 Tool-less system board removal (without removing I/O cards).
0 Power supply output rating (Watts/Amperage@110-12x Voltage range)
3 Rack mounting kit available as option
4 All drive rails supplied for all bays or none are required
3 Colour co-ordinated cables and connectors (internal and external)
AUDIO (5)
0 Rear audio port is AC 97 compliant
0 Front audio port is Intel high definition 4 channel audio
0 Make and model of audio controller
2 Real ALC260 audio or equivalent
0 Embedded HDD audio controller is amplified
0 Audio in port
0 Audio out port3Internal speaker capable of OS generated sound events
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE (2)
0 TBITS-5 bilingual layout available
0 Microsoft CF layout with English function keys available (e.g. Home, End, Ins, etc.)
0 Microsoft CF layout with French function keys available
0 Original mouse manufacturer
2 Default mouse with thumb activated, browser enabled "back" key

Maximum feature point score = 166

1.4 ENVIRONMENTAL ATTRIBUTES (Green capabilities)

  1. Intertek compiles and verifies the list of features provided for each system. The presence of a weighted item results in a score being assigned, while its absence would procure a 0. The features score is a weighted average of scores for individual items. The weights assigned to each item are listed below. The weighted average is then multiplied by 10 to rescale from 0 to 10.

  2. Formula: Features Score = [Sum of the weighted elements / Sum of the weights]10

Weight Item
0 System unit is EnergyStar vers 5.0 certified
0 System unit is EnergyStar vers 5.0 certified
0 Power Supply is 80Plus Gold certified
0 System unit is EPEAT certified - Gold level
0 Member of national industry association pursuing environmental stewardship including re-use, re-cycle (name/organisation)
5 ECMA-370 IT Eco Declaration available
4 System unit manufacturer a member of Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC)
12 Bulk packaging available (minimum 8 SFF PCI or 4 Tower PCI per re-usable container)
8 Supplier will take back packaging for re-use
0 Electronic user documentation available
0 AMD "Cool and Quiet" enabled
2 ACPI version 1.0b support
3 PCI System unit is TCO '05 certified
0 TCO 05 compliant 23 monitor
0 TCO 05 compliant 27 inch monitor
4 EPEAT Gold compliant 23 inch monitor
4 EPEAT Gold compliant 27 inch monitor
0 System unit manufacturer is ISO 14001 certified
7 2.5 inch SATA version 3.0 hard disk4
4 For 23 inch monitor - User presence detect for automatic power down and power up for power savings
4 For 27 inch monitor - User presence detect for automatic power down and power up for power savings
0 For 23 inch monitor - Full array back-lit LED has local dimming for power savings
0 For 27 inch monitor - Full array back-lit LED has local dimming for power savings
2 Video controller and monitor support Display Power Management Signalling (DPMS)
2 CPU fan speed adjust according to system loading

Maximum Green score = 61

1.5 SYSTEM MANAGEMENT AND VALUE ADDED FEATURES (Attributable to reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO))

  1. Intertek compiles and verifies the list of features provided for each system. The presence of a weighted item results in a score being assigned, while its absence would procure a 0. The features score is a weighted average of scores for individual items. The weights assigned to each item are listed below. The weighted average is then multiplied by 10 to rescale from 0 to 10.

  2. Formula: Features Score = [Sum of the weighted elements / Sum of the weights] 10

Weight Item
SECURITY (44)
4 Trusted Platform Module (TPM) encryption chip on-motherboard
10 Microsoft Secure Boot UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface)
1 RSA partner certification of TPM
1 Entrust partner certification of TPM
4 Computrace persistence module (theft recovery)
1 ROM based hard drive password
0 OEM manufactured bio-metric access with password databank manager available
0 Chassis lock padlock rings
2 Flush mount chassis key lock with master key
3 Internal SMU or BIOSv activated case lock
2 Chassis intrusion alert switch enabled
2 Motherboard connection for internal smart card or memory stick reader with BIOS authentication
0 Pre-Boot password
0 CMOS set-up password
0 SMU based - USB boot disable
0 SMU based - CD-ROM boot disable
0 SMU based - hard drive boot disable
0 SMU based - cover removal alert
0 SMU based - remote lock power on and reset
0 SMU based - remote lock keyboard and mouse
0 SMU based - I/O port disable
0 SMU based - Remote chassis/case lock
2 Kensington lock slot on system unit
2 Padlock support
2 Lockable rear I/O panel
2 Removable Media write/boot control
2 Universal chassis clamp lock support
4 FIPS 140-2 self-encrypting hard drives available
O.E.M. WRITEN HARD DISK RECOVERY OR RESTORE UTILITY (12)
1 Recovery utility restores OS and apps. only (does not affect current user data)
1 Recovery utility restores OS, apps. and current user data
1 Recovery utility preloaded on hard disk hidden partition
1 Recovery utility support recovery from 2nd hard drive, CD/DVD, USB HDD, network (all)
1 Recovery utility supports dynamic resizing of backup partition
1 Recovery utility launched by dedicated single key
1 Recovery utility supports pre-boot OS to facilitate recovery process
3 Recovery utility available in both official languages
2 Recover CD recovers corrupted system BIOS
WEB BASED LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT (8)
6 PCI OEM hosted, bilingual Internet based Client Asset and Inventory Management service, which includes system configurator, order tracking, inventory control, service history, service/warranty history, reporting on all of the above (1 for each)
1 customized e-mail notification subscription services
1 Automated multicast of drivers, patches and upgrades
TECHNICAL SUPPORT (16)
3 Bilingual 7/24 1-800 technical support with 5 personnel concurrently available
3 Bilingual web site specific to NMSO products
3 Bilingual web site for technical support, drivers, etc.
3 Remote Internet enabled real time diagnostics performed by OEM
4 OEM written diagnostics for hardware failures
BILINGUAL CAPABILITIES (5)
0 Bilingual manuals available
0 Bilingual 1-800 telephone technical support line
2 System Management Utilities in French and English (as per appendix A)
0 Recovery and restore utilities available in French and English
0 Bilingual Internet web sight for technical support
3 Bilingual Life Cycle Management Services web site (as per appendix A)

Maximum Green score aaa = 61

1.6 TCO Usability Scoring Methodology

  1. Intertek staff using predefined criteria evaluates the usability, hence the reduced cost of ownership, of each notebook. Scores for each individual category evaluated are assigned on a 0 to ‘x’ scale, with ‘x’ ranging from –5 to +5 dependent upon the weight assigned to each item as shown below. The overall usability score is calculated as the sum of the total points earned divided by the maximum number of points times 10.

  2. Formula: Usability Score = [Sum of the score earned / Maximum possible score]×10

Weight Test
SYSTEM TEARDOWN (27)
0-5 The cover removal is intuitive (no manual required)
0-5 Cover latch/case tab type of tool-less entry used (if bid)
2 How many screws/latches > 2 are there for entire system teardown
0-2 Do guide rails extend the time required to replace the cover?
0 Can the power switch be accidentally activated when replacing cover?
0-3 How many component(s) need to be removed to access memory slots and how are they removed?
0-5 Do installed DIMM have to be removed to upgrade memory to 4 GB.?
0-3 How many component(s) need to be removed to access memory slots and how are they removed?
0-5 Do installed DIMM have to be removed to upgrade memory to 4 GB.?
0-3 Is the installation procedure well documented?
0-2 Is setup required to be run after RAM upgrade?
END USER DOCUMENTATION (14)
0-2 comprehensive technical detail to assist in configuration (specifications, jumpers, IRQ, DMA, etc.)
0-2 quality and detail of illustrations (internal and external)
0-2 extent of trouble shooting and diagnostics section
0-2 continuity: least number of manuals used to document all components bid
0-2 extent of table of contents and indexes
0-2 ease and breadth of comprehension (lay person to technician)
0-2 quality of presentation and manual(s) jacket
0-(-2) inaccuracies and/or omissions in table of contents
0-(-2) inaccuracies and/or omissions with illustrations
0-(-2) inaccuracies and/or omissions in body of manual if applicable section is indicated in table of contents or indexes
0-(-2) inaccuracies and/or omissions in technical detail (specifications, jumpers, IRQ, DMA, etc.)
END USER DOCUMENTATION (14)
2 How many screws secure the hard disk in place > 4?
0-3 How many component(s) are required to be removed to access drive bays and how?
0-3 Does the power supply wiring or data cables obstruct drive bays?
0-2 Is the Hard Disk installation procedure well documented?
3 Is setup required to be run after change? (no = highest score)
MONITOR (13)
3 Is there an on-screen setup available?
2 Intuitive setup?
0-3 Are the switches easily identified (properly labelled)
0-5 Quality of Display MISC.
POTENTIAL PROBLEMS (0)
0-(-5) Obstructions to the adapter slots (heat sync, RAM, CPU fans, etc.)
0-(-5) List any other potential problems
MISC. EASE OF SERVICE (17)
0-1 Is there a reset switch?
0-5 Colour coded cables and connectors
0-5 Schematic diagram on inside cover (5 for most detail)
0-1 Are the I/O ports labelled with words or symbols?
0-5 List any other feature which enhances usability
RESTORE CD (if offered) (8)
0-2 Rate restore wizard (intuitive, clear procedures, least number of re-boots)
0-2 Degree of automation in installing appropriate drivers
0-2 Fewest number of decisions to make to facilitate re-install
0-2 Integrity of image once OS is restored
WEB SITE (29)
0-5 Ease of navigation
0-5 Specific area for NMSO products
0-5 Technical information (easy to find, detail)
0-7 Dedicated, client-specific web site (configurator, order tracking, service tracking, inventory control)
0-7 support area web site is bilingual

Maximum Possible TCO Usability Score = 131

1.7 PROBLEM DETERMINATION

  1. The System Problem Index is calculated based problems, which occurred and were solved during testing. The problems were divided into three main categories - Compatibility Alerts, Software Technical and Hardware Technical. The Software Technical and Hardware Technical are problems which were awarded a Technical fault during the course of the Benchmark and the solution provided was Software based and Hardware based, respectively. The Compatibility Alerts are those problems, which can be fixed by introducing parameters, which modify the system environment. These categories of problems do not require vendor intervention to achieve a solution, because the introduction of these parameters are typical end user activities. The aggregate of the individual weights of the subcategories produces the final Index. The following table indicates the weights assigned to each subcategory:

    Subcategory Weight
    Hardware 3
    Software 2
    Compatibility Alert 1
  2. The System’s Problem Index is determined by using the following table to find the corresponding score for the total individual problem weight obtained.

    Note: Within the features list there are occasion where points are awarded for either or answers.

    Total Problem Weight Score
    0 10.1
    1 8.2
    2 6.4
    3 4.6
    4 2.8
    5 1.0
    6 0.0