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Performance: Widow Sting 517D/Killer Notebooks Executioner

At all four resolutions we tested (1024x768/1280x1024/1600x1200/1920x1200), the Executioner bests the Window Sting running without anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering (AF). Considering that both notebooks have identical CPU's and motherboards the

At all four resolutions we tested (1024x768/1280x1024/1600x1200/1920x1200), the Executioner bests the Window Sting running without anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering (AF). Considering that both notebooks have identical CPU’s and motherboards the

The differences between the two notebooks is minimal with 4xAA and 8xAF.

The differences between the two notebooks is minimal with 4xAA and 8xAF.

Both units have the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, 2.33 GHz CPU. As such it's hardly a surprise that the CPU scores are nearly identical.

Both units have the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, 2.33 GHz CPU. As such it’s hardly a surprise that the CPU scores are nearly identical.

The additional memory in the Executioner gave it slight edge.

The additional memory in the Executioner gave it slight edge.

Both units have 100 GB 7200 RPM hard drives with 8 MB buffers. The difference is that The Executioner (as configured) has two Seagate ST910021AS Momentus drives configured as RAID0. The Sting in comparison only has one Hitatchi HTS721010G9SA00 Travelstar

Both units have 100 GB 7200 RPM hard drives with 8 MB buffers. The difference is that The Executioner (as configured) has two Seagate ST910021AS Momentus drives configured as RAID0. The Sting in comparison only has one Hitatchi HTS721010G9SA00 Travelstar

With the same or similar components, scores on the MobileMark 2005 productivity test are essentially identical for both notebooks.

With the same or similar components, scores on the MobileMark 2005 productivity test are essentially identical for both notebooks.

The Executioner's extra hard drive is likely the biggest reason for its poor showing against the Sting in this category. The extra 1 GB RAM likely contributes a bit as well, but not as much as two power hungry 7200 RPM SATA drives.

The Executioner’s extra hard drive is likely the biggest reason for its poor showing against the Sting in this category. The extra 1 GB RAM likely contributes a bit as well, but not as much as two power hungry 7200 RPM SATA drives.

Better stay plugged in if you plan to watch a feature length DVD with either of these notebooks.

Better stay plugged in if you plan to watch a feature length DVD with either of these notebooks.

The Executioner's extra 1 GB of RAM makes no real difference here.

The Executioner’s extra 1 GB of RAM makes no real difference here.

With maximum anti-aliasing we see a similar trend as in the previous slide.

With maximum anti-aliasing we see a similar trend as in the previous slide.

With F.E.A.R. we get some very surprising results. Even though both units have identical NVIDIA graphics processors and the Executioner has more system memory, the Sting comes out on top, but just barely.

With F.E.A.R. we get some very surprising results. Even though both units have identical NVIDIA graphics processors and the Executioner has more system memory, the Sting comes out on top, but just barely.