Benchmark Results: PCMark And Sandra
Although many folks use synthetic benchmarks as a primary metric for performance evaluation, we put our faith in real applications whenever possible. Readers who compare test results between different online sources should find the specific results more useful, though no more revealing.
PCMark shows that the only real difference in performance is small, and primarily limited to drive throughput. Differences of less than 10% are usually due to drive conditioning, adding little to the discussion.
Large difference in Sandra 2011 would have most likely been caused by configuration issues or excessive overhead for a component. Fortunately, that level of deviation does not exist.
Those who need to process large data sets on the go would likely see lots of use from a machine like this.
Also, those who develop software and need a mobile machine to showcase their new products (especially if that software happens to be a game).
Diminishing returns? Maybe with personal laptops < 1000 dollars. Not with this class of machine.
Judging from the specs,1 GTX 485M performance falls between a desktop GTX 460 and GTX 560Ti right ?
But I liked to see a desktop system in the comparison charts.
I understand that the value proposition is not very good still, but your conclusion is misleading in my opinion. People splashing out to be able to play the most modern games at highest res simply do not care how many excessive frames are pushed at the low end.
so how can an SLI'd GTX 485 could be cheaper than an Xfire'd GTX 485M ?