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Full-screen YouTube 1080p still isn't completely fluid on any of these systems, though its gets close on the Ion 2-based configuration at about 20 FPS. Unfortunately, due to a driver issue (no overlay during Flash playback), we were unable to get Fraps to record.

The GMA 3150 can't run Civilization V, even in DirectX 9 mode. Then again, it was bound to be abysmally slow given the 4500MHD's sub-5 FPS result. None of these systems can actually comfortably run Civilization V. Even when we dial back the settings to 1024 x 768, we don't see playable frame rates.

Call of Duty: Black Ops has its own set of issues. You can't run the game on the 3150, which isn't a surprise given its very mainstream IGP. Meanwhile, the Mobility Radeon HD 4225 on the 1215T can launch the game, but it doesn't get past the loading screen due to a lock-up. We've tried Asus' official 8.760 driver, but it's still a no-go. We informed both Asus and AMD, so hopefully there will be a forthcoming fix. Meanwhile, on the 4500MHD, Fraps seems to suffer some sort of sampling error unique to this game, making the title nearly impossible to benchmark. We were getting frame rates under 4 FPS.

If you are a World of Warcraft gamer, you have nothing to fear on any of these systems (that is, unless you mistakenly force the 1215N to use its GMA 3150 IGP). By default, Nvidia's driver correctly selects Ion 2 when set to Auto. Even though all systems can generally run WoW: Cataclysm fluidly, the Mobility Radeon HD 4225 on the 1215T takes a significant hit when you shift from AC to battery power. This may be a concern if you're gaming on the go.

Note that you can't use anything above the Fair quality setting with the GMA 3150 because of its shader limitations. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm requires Shader Model 2.0 and 3.0 for the higher detail. Meanwhile, the 1215T can't go beyond Fair quality because all of the settings above that point require a dual-core processor.

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