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Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat

Is That A Notebook? MALIBAL's Six-Core, Dual-GPU, Speed Demon

A pair of GeForce GTX 480M graphics modules in SLI completely obliterates the lesser mobile solutions in DiRT 2, while the CrossFire configuration begins to lead a single GTX 480M as resolutions are increased. The CrossFire result is particularly significant to value seekers, since two Mobility Radeon HD 5870 modules reportedly cost less than a single GeForce GTX 480M.

The M17x continues to scale nicely with increased resolutions when compared to somewhat-costly single GTX 480M solutions, but MALIBAL’s upscale SLI configuration destroys it.

Given its moderately-high price, the M17x looks like it might be a high-end value in the Call of Pripyat benchmark, even as it falls behind MALIBAL’s flagship Nine X7200.

FPS drops so low using Call of Pripyat benchmark’s “Ultra” preset and 4x AA that we had to peek at minimum FPS to determine playability. The MALIBAL Nine X7200 survives with a minimum FPS of 22.4, while the M17x fall to 17.2. Making matters worse for the M17x is that its 1920x1200 pixel panel would have produced even lower “native resolution” frame rates, due to its higher pixel count.

We would have preferred more pixels and enough graphics power to fill them.

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