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.
Samsung ATIV Book 6 Specifications
Windows 8 (64-bit)
15.6″ LED touch-screen Display (1920 x 1080)
2.4 GHz i7-3635QM
AMD HD 8770M Graphics (1GB DDR5)
1TB HDD (5400 RPM)
4-cell Li-ion Battery
Dimensions: 14.75″ x 9.8″ x 0.9″
Weight: 5.4 lbs.