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GIGABYTE P2542G Gaming Laptop Review - Gaming 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.

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

3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1.0

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3DMark Vantage tests both processor and graphics performance and is a good indication of how systems compare. The results are generally more repeatable and consistent than other forms of benchmarking. Vantage uses DirectX 10 and can handle multi-core CPUs.




The GIGABYTE P2542G never stood a chance against the iBUYPOWER Valkyrie. However, it still produces a respectable 11435 overall score. Most games should be playable at decent quality settings and resolution settings.


Diving into the individual scores, you can see that they score nearly the same in terms of CPU score, due to them having the same processor. The difference comes from it being a 660M as opposed to a 675M. This resulted in a 4000 point difference when looking at the GPU scores.



3DMark 11


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3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.




An overall score of 2646 on 3DMark 11 Performance preset from a laptop isn't quite as good as it could be. The iBUYPOWER machine beats out the P2542G by nearly 1000 points. However, 2646 isn't exactly a terrible score.


Again, this score shows that the system should have no trouble playing modern day games with a good level of detail and a reasonable rate of FPS. It may have trouble when it comes to super high resolution or quality settings.


Looking to the individual scores, we see the same trend in that the CPU score is roughly identical and that the drop in score comes from the lower spec'd 660M. Really, though, we're talking about two different classes of laptops, a 17.3-inch versus a 15.6-inch.

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