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New Age Computer Gaming - Mobile vs. Desktop Investigation - Benchmarks - Test System

Computer gamers around the world often only look toward a desktop computer system for their gaming needs. Although as gaming increases in popularity, companies such as nVidia and ATI are working very hard to bring exciting new mobile graphics products to the market. In this investigation, Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot takes a look at Dell's speedy Inspiron 8200 notebook with ATI Mobility 9000 GPU and compares it to a standard desktop system with nVidia GeForce4 TI4200 graphics. Can notebook gaming really be taken seriously? We think so, and so should you!

| Editorials in Laptops | Posted: Nov 21, 2002 5:00 am

Benchmarks - Test System Specifications

 

- Dell Inspiron 8200 Test System

 

Processor(s): Mobile Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz

 

Motherboard(s): Mobile Intel 845 chipset

 

Memory(s): 384mb PC2100 SO-DMIMM

 

Video Card(s): ATI Mobility 9000 64mb 128-bit

 

Hard Disk(s): 40gb Hitachi 5,400RPM ATA100

 

Sound Card(s): Crystal onboard

 

Operating System Used: Pre-installed Windows XP Home SP1

 

Drivers Used: ATI v.7.75.1-020926a-6083c A01

 

Software Used: SiSoft Sandra 2003, 3DMark 2001 SE, PCMark2002, UT2003, Doom 3 Alpha and nVidia ChameleonMark

 

- Desktop Test System

 

Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz (Supplied by Intel)

 

Motherboard(s): FIC VC19 845E (Supplied by FIC)

 

Memory(s): Crucial PC2700 256mb (Supplied by Crucial)

 

Video Card(s): nVidia reference Ti4200 64mb (Supplied by nVidia)

 

Hard Disk(s): 80gb Seagate 7,200RPM ATA100

 

Sound Card(s): Creative Soundblaster Extigy

 

Operating System Used: Pre-installed Windows XP Professional

 

Drivers Used: nVidia Detonator 30.82

 

Software Used: SiSoft Sandra 2003, 3DMark 2001 SE, PCMark2002, UT2003, Doom 3 Alpha and nVidia ChameleonMark

 

Now you've got the low down on each of the test systems, let's continue onto the benchmarks you have been waiting for.

 

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