|Test System Configuration|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-940XM PGA988 2.13-3.33 GHz, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache|
|RAM||2 x Kingston KHX1333C7S3K2/4G (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 CAS 7-7-7-20 4 GB Total|
|GeForce Mobile Graphics||Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M 2 GB 425 MHz GPU Core, GDDR5-2400 Mobile Driver Version 257.07|
|Mobility Radeon Graphics||2 x ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 1 GB, CrossFire 700 MHz GPU, GDDR5-4000 Mobile Driver Version 8.75-100527a-100755E-Clevo|
|System Hard Drive||Crucial RealSSD C300 256 GB, MLC, SATA 6Gb/s SSD|
|Sound||Integrated HD Audio|
|Network||Integrated Gigabit Networking|
|Power||FSP 19 V 11.57 A (220 W) Power Block 14.8 V 4650 mAh (68.82 Wh) Battery|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit|
|Desktop Graphics||AMD Catalyst 10.3|
|Chipset||Intel INF 22.214.171.1240|
Since our previous Mobility Radeon HD 5870 system used a slower CPU, we tested the current system in both CrossFire and non-CrossFire configurations. We physically removed the second graphics module for non-CrossFire mode to better-evaluate power consumption.
In addition to the new notebook performance data, we retained the desktop performance data from our first Mobility Radeon 5870 review to see if an extreme notebook can yet match the performance expectations of mainstream gamers. The platform is based on a Core i7-920 CPU, Radeon HD 5850, and 6 GB of DDR3-1333 CAS 7.
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS) Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA|
|Crysis||Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Very High Quality, 4x AA|
|DiRT 2||Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 4x AA|
|S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat||Call Of Pripyat Benchmark version Test Set 1: High Preset, DX11 EFDL, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, DX11 EFDL, 4x MSAA|
|iTunes||Version:126.96.36.199 x64 Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min Default format AAC|
|Handbrake 0.9.4||Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai (1 GB) to .mp4, High Profile|
|TMPEGEnc 4.0 XPress||Version: 188.8.131.522 Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes) Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9|
|DivX Codec 6.9.1||Encoding mode: Insane Quality Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4 Quarter-pixel search|
|XviD 1.2.2||Display encoding status = off|
|MainConcept Reference 1.6.1||MPEG2 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)|
|Adobe Photoshop CS4||Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates|
|Autodesk 3ds Max 2010||Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)|
|Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0||Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files|
|WinRAR 3.90||Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)|
|7-Zip||Version 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra, Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32 KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8 Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|3DMark Vantage||Version: 1.0.1, GPU and CPU scores|
|PCMark Vantage||Version: 184.108.40.206 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks|
|SiSoftware Sandra 2010||Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark|
This affirms it, Fermi is a FAT joke...
now correct me if im wrong, and i may as well be. but chips, as in the cpu, gpu, anything that takes massive r&d costs, cost almost noting to make, in the big picture.
intel so long as they have the fastest processor with little to no competition, prices there products, that may cost in total materials and man hours, maybe 50$ at most, and sells them for 1000$ each to recup the plants cost to manufacture, and the r&d. and if any of the rummors during the femri are to be believed, they had ALLOT to recupe and they need to do it somewhere, with amd pricing lower than they do for close to if not better preforming cards (in the price range) desktop isn't making them there money back fast. so why not gaming laptop where you have less of a choice what goes in.
thats just my opinion though
It just shows the true manufactoring win that AMD/ATi has accomplished in the past year with such a cool and low power GPU in the cypress and the rest of the radeon 5xxx class. With low heat and TDP requirments, AMD can also take the crown for mobile gaming. Im sure this also helps a tad in the battery life, however we have yet to see crazy gaming laptops hit the 2plus hour mark for movies and games. This is a shame because the first one that can lastat least 3 hours on its highest settings will be a true winner for those looking to spend a wad of cash on a mobile system that can rival midstream desktops.
I cant help but laugh as my system is now a "mid-level" system and is comparable lthough not better than a laptop!
Keep these reviews going as they are interesting hen comparing two products in different categories. Maybe we can also see those 12inch ion netbooks vs low end gaming laptops.
guess crossfire on mobile platforms