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Test System and Configuration

External Graphics Upgrade for Notebooks
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Hardware

System Hardware
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 TK-53, 1.7 GHz, 800 FSB, 512KB Cache
Motherboard: DELL 0WY383, BIOS: 2.5.2 (07/30/2006)
RAM: Hyundai PC2-5300 @ 266 MHz
2x512MB, Dual Channel, CAS 4-4-4-12
Hard Drive: Samsung HD160JJ - P80SD
160 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA 300
Networking: NVIDIA nForce onboard Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Cards: Integrated Radeon Xpress 1150, 256MB RAM (shared)
Sapphire Radeon 2600 XT, 256MB RAM
HIS Radeon 3870, 512MB RAM

Software

System Software & Drivers
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista (6.0) Business Edition
DirectX Version: 10
Graphics Driver: Catalyst 7.10

The Dell Laptop we tested the ViDock on has an Athlon X2 1.7 GHz processor. This isn’t the most powerful laptop processor by a long shot, so it will provide a decent representation of what the ViDock Pro can do for a typical machine.

It’s important to mention that the driver included in the ViDock installer was the older Catalyst 7.10 driver. Because of this, it’s the driver we used in all of our testing, including the video cards we jury-rigged to work with the ViDock.

First, let’s look at what the ViDock Pro accomplished compared to the integrated chipset in games and 3D production benchmarks.

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