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GIGABYTE P2542G Gaming Laptop Review - Accessory Port Layout and Performance

We take a look at GIGABYTE's P2542G gaming notebook, which performs surprisingly well as an all-around machine, but not so well as a true gaming machine.

| Gaming Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Sep 30, 2012 6:42 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Accessory Port Layout and Performance

 

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The left side, from back to front, features the power port, VGA port, a USB 2.0/eSATA combo port and the optical disk drive.

 

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The right side, from back to front, features the Kensington lock, gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI out, 4-in-one card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone and microphone jack.

 

 

HD Tune Pro

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 5.00

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HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:

 

Benchmark: measures the performance

Info: shows detailed information

Health: checks the health status by using SMART

Error Scan: scans the surface for errors

Temperature display

 

HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has been gaining popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.

 

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The GIGABYTE P2542G's USB 2.0 implementation doesn't really offer any surprises. It runs in a similar range as the other two comparison systems and averages out to be in the middle of the two.

 

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Again, nothing exactly surprising or exciting happening with the P2542G's USB2.0 write performance. The system manages an average of 21.8MB/s, which is above the HP Folio 13 and below the iBUYPOWER Valkyrie.

 

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Moving to USB 3.0, however, the GIGABYTE P2542G manages to take the lead, performing significantly better than the iBUYPOWER Valkyrie and managing to eke out a victory over the HP Folio 13.

 

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When it comes to write performance, however, the GIGABYTE P2542G provides a nice surprise. It absolutely blows the competition out of the water with an average write speed of 167.2MB/s. Considering that the next closest competitor only managed 111.3MB/s, the P2542G is the clear winner.

 

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When it comes to eSATA performance, the GIGABYTE doesn't disappoint. With read speeds averaging 123.8MB/s, it easily defeats the competition.

 

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If you're looking to transfer data quickly, the GIGABYTE P2542G provides super-fast write speeds through eSATA. The minimum speed observed, 141.8MB/s, is higher than the iBUYPOWER's average transfer rate of 132.7MB/s. The P2542G averaged an impressive 198.6MB/s, nearly 70MB/s faster than the iBUYPOWER machine.

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