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SLI & Centrino 2: Gaming Laptops Battle

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

Our scores here represent a mix of graphics and processing performance. The overall 3DMark score clearly favors the two GeForce 8800M GTXs in Killer Notebooks’ Odachi, followed by Alienware’s pair of GeForce 9800M GTs in SLI. Eurocom places third with its single 9800M GT and ASUS pulls up the rear with the 9700M GT.

The CPU score accurately reflects how we’d expect to see each machine’s processor rank. The desktop Core 2 Quad Q9650 clearly has an upper hand given the threaded nature of this test. Way behind is Eurocom’s dual-core Core 2 Extreme X9100. The X9000 in Alienware’s m17x is just behind that, and ASUS’ T9400 places last.

Finally, the GPU score reflects the same order seen in 3DMark’s overall metric—naturally the SLI configurations take a commanding lead.

In a synthetic suite like PCMark Vantage, variations in hardware are exacerbated in relation to real-world benchmarks. The overall PCMark score demonstrates the performance advantage of Killer Notebooks’ quad-core processor. Next up is the Alienware machine, with its powerful SLI graphics config and striped storage array. ASUS places third and, although it showed better in our real-world tests, Eurocom’s Montebello pulls up the rear.

As you sort through the individual suites, it becomes clear where each notebook’s advantages lay. Perhaps the most surprising results are Alienware’s last-place finish in the Gaming subset and its poor finish in the HDD test.

Sandra correctly places each processor where we’d expect it to fall. More interesting, perhaps, are the memory bandwidth numbers, which clearly favor the quad-core platform, but also show the DDR3-equipped Centrino 2 systems serving up reasonable throughput.

  • 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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