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Maingear Vybe 15 Gaming Laptop Review (Page 7)

By Trace Hagan from Nov 9, 2012 @ 11:40 CST
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Maingear

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.


Maingear managed to squeeze nearly an extra 900 points out of the 660M, which could be due to higher clocks, better RAM, or numerous other variables. 900 points isn't too statistically significant, but it will make a slight difference in games.

The CPU Maingear chose to use in the Vybe 15 Ultimate has higher clock speeds than the CPUs used by the GIGABYTE P2542G and iBUYPOWER Valkyrie, and it comes with a higher individual CPU score due to this selection.

The overall scores between the competing 15.6-inch machines don't differ by much: 11557 for the Vybe 15 and 11435 for the GIGABYTE P2542G.

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.


Here we see a switch in the leader of the two. The GIGABYTE laptop posts a better GPU score by about 100 points, which is close to significantly insignificant. The CPU in the Vybe 15 still outperforms both other systems, which is to be expected.

The slightly higher graphics performance of the GIGABYTE in this test allows it to pull out a win, though that win is by a slight margin: 2646 for the GIGABYTE and 2569 for the Maingear. Overall, the results tell us that the systems are near identical, in terms of graphics and gaming performance as the faster CPU won't help you in most games.

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