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ASI's IQ17-D2: Is Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 Still Fast Enough?

Our ASI IQ17-D2 configuration falls in price between the $5,000+ GeForce GTX 280M-equipped Eurocom D900F Panther and MSI’s $1,600 Radeon HD 4850-powered GT725-212US.

Graphics Notebook Performance Details
ModelASI IQ17-D2Eurocom D900F PantherMSI GT725-212US
CPUIntel Core 2 Extreme X9100
3.06 GHz, Dual Cores
FSB-1066, 6MB L2 Cache
Intel Core i7 Extreme 965
3.20 GHz, Quad Cores
QPI 6.4 GT/s, 8MB L3 Cache
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000
2.00 GHz, Quad Cores
FSB-1066, 6MB L2 Cache
ChipsetIntel PM45/ICH9EMIntel X58/ICH10RIntel PM45/ICH9M
RAM4GB DDR3-1066 CAS 76GB DDR3-1066 CAS 74GB DDR2-800 CAS 6
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2
660 MHz GPU, GDDR3-1700
Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M 1GB
580 MHz GPU, GDDR3-1900
ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB
500 MHz GPU, GDDR3-1700
HDD2 x Toshiba MK3254GSY RAID 0
320GB, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache
2 x Seagate ST9500420AS RAID 0
500GB, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache
WD Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT
320GB, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache
SoundIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD Audio
Wired LANIntegrated Gigabit LANIntegrated Gigabit LANIntegrated Gigabit LAN
Wireless LANIntel WiFi Link 5300 802.11nIntel WiFi Link 5300 802.11nAtheros AR928X 802.11n
OpticalH-L Data GSA-T50N DVD-RAM
8x DVD±R, 6x DVD±RW, 5x DVD-RAM
Panasonic UJ-130 BD-ROM DVD±RW
2x BD-ROM, 8x DVD±R, 4x DVD±RW
Optiarc BC-5500S BD-ROM DVD±RW
2x BD-ROM, 8x DVD±R, 4x DVD±RW
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Very High Quality, No AA
Far Cry 2DirectX 10, in-game benchmark Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear SkyAverage of 4 segments "A-Tested Object' Test Set 1: High Preset, DirectX 10, EFDL, no MSAA Test Set 2: High Preset, DirectX 10, EFDL, 4xMSAA
World In ConflictPatch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo Test 1: Very High Details, No AA / No AF Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunes 8Version: (x64) Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min. Default format AAC
Lame MP3Version: 3.98 64-bit (07-04-2008) Audio CD "Terminator II" SE, 53 min., .wav to MP3
TMPG 4.6Version: Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes) Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.8.5Encoding mode: Insane Quality Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4 Quarter-pixel search
Xvid 1.2.1Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90 x64Version 3.90 beta 2, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
WinZip 12Version 12.0, Compression = Best, WinZIP Command line Version 3.0, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.0.1, 3DMark score
PCMark Vantagebenchmarks, Windows Media Player
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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