Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
DiRT 2 plays smoothly on the slowest system at 1080p and high details, while the CrossFire config is anxious for more.
The CrossFire configuration really shines at DiRT 2’s highest settings, while its GeForce GTX 480M rival bites the dust at anything higher than 720p.
The latest S.T.A.L.K.E.R. installment doesn’t need any fancy hardware to play reasonably well at its high-quality preset.
Adding AA to the Ultra preset is a different matter, as it nearly kills every system at settings higher than 720p. We did check the minimum frame rates as well, and only the CrossFire configuration stayed above 20 FPS at 1680x1050.
Since we just mentioned our middle test resolution for the first time, we might also want to mention that its 16:10 aspect ratio doesn’t match the monitor. Though 1600x900 is an option for both the flat panel display and the competing GeForce GTX 480M, AMD's Radeon (Catalyst) drivers don’t support it.
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