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SLI & Centrino 2: Gaming Laptops Battle

Benchmark Results: Media

It wasn’t hard to guess the outcomes of our gaming tests—a simple gander at each laptop’s spec sheet tells that tale. Less predictable are the media tests, some of which are optimized for threading and others aren’t.

Interestingly, iTunes demonstrates the best performance on Eurocom’s Montebello, which is only a dual-core chip, but does feature the fastest clock speed in our roundup. The ASUS, with Intel’s newer T9400, takes a second place finish and is followed by Killer Notebooks’ Odachi. Alienware’s m17x, with its older Core 2 Extreme X9000 comes in last place.

Clock speed matters less when your software can take advantage of parallelism. The Odachi blows away its dual-core competitors here, with the nearest contender being Eurocom’s Montebello.

The DivX test takes advantage of as many as four cores, while this version of XviD tops out at two (in the future, we’ll explore a newer version able to take advantage of four threads). The results are pretty clear: in threaded apps, Killer Notebooks’ Odachi does very well, slashing minutes from our rendering benchmark. When parallelism isn’t in play, the results are much closer together. The Odachi’s Core 2 Quad Q9650 still wins out in XviD, but by a much smaller margin.

  • kitsilencer
    From a money point of view, it's never going to make sense buying a gaming laptop. Scaled down performance and inability to upgrade are issues.

    But it sure as hell feels good having one ^___^
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  • Hey, that aint green...
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  • neiroatopelcc
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-notebook-roundup,2023-6.html
    "shipped the system with a 64-bit copy of Vista Ultimate (Alienware included x32 Home Premium)."
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  • ap90033
    4 Grand? Are you guys nuts? I would say that right there would rule out about 90% of us normal gmaers..

    Besides the gaming scores looked weak imo..

    I personally thought it was a better idea to go get a Gateway P7811FX with a single Geforce 9800GTS. It plays Call of Duty at 1920x1200 max settings around 50FPS. AND it cost me ONLY $1249 (Plus Best Buy let me pick any game I wanted for FREE!)
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  • jas39
    what about www.xtremenotebooks.com?
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  • agree with kitsilencer, gaming laptop is never practical.

    even with a beast graphics card, you'd be pretty hard to get more than 2 hours of shitty performance.

    get a gaming desktop and perhaps an EEE or iPhone for travelling. my iPhone has 20+ games and enough media (don't forget TV connector for watching films in hotels) to keep me busy for more than one week away from my gaming rig.
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  • ap90033
    oops cant spell "gamers" lol
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  • ap90033
    Not true my "Gmaing Laptop" is great at LAN Parties and I play it for 6-8 Hours straight there...

    I think maybe you had a bad experience with a laptop that claimed to be a "gaming" laptop. I bought one before like that and it have an 8600M Geforce and it Sucked bad... If you get a good laptop with say a 9800gts or so you would be suprised...
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  • GlItCh017
    ap900334 Grand? Are you guys nuts? I would say that right there would rule out about 90% of us normal gmaers..99.90%
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  • ap90033
    PS gaming laptops hold value much better than desktops. I had one I paid 1250 for, had it for a year, then sold it for $1100 and bought the newer "upgraded" model that just came out for $1250. I got an Upgraded CPU (From Core 2 1.67 GHZ to Core 2 Centrino 2 2.26 GHZ), Memory (from 3 Gigs DDR2 667MHZ to 4 Gigs DDR3 1066MHZ), Hard Drive (faster), Video Card (from 8800gts to 9800GTS), Screen (from 1440x800 to 1920x1200) and OS (From 32 bit to 64 bit). Not bad upgrade for $150 or so!
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