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New Age Computer Gaming - Mobile vs. Desktop Investigation - Benchmarks - MadOnion

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

3DMark2001 SE Results

 

3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.

 

 

In the first of our MadOnion tests, we see the desktop system taking a clear advantage over the notebook system, again thanks to its PC2700 memory. It is still important to remember that the Dell Inspiron 8200 easily handled whatever 3DMark throw at it, except under the Nature test @ 1600x1200 where it struggled to maintain a frame rate of 20 fps, at best.

 

PCMark2002 Results

 

PCMark2002 is a completely new, multipurpose benchmark, suited for benchmarking all kinds of PCs, from laptops to workstations, as well as across multiple Windows operating systems. This easy-to-use benchmark makes professional strength benchmarking software available even to novice users. PCMark2002 consists of a series of tests that represent common tasks in home and office programs. PCMark2002 also covers many additional areas outside the scope of other MadOnion.com benchmarks.

 

 

Under PCMark2002, the only area where the desktop system had a clear advantage over the mobile system was in CPU tests. In both Memory and HDD tests, there was not a lot real world difference in it at all.

 

In both tests, SpeedStep does not appear to affect performance overly.

 

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