The A3500Vc03 and A6Q00K have discrete graphics solutions from ATI and Nvidia, respectively, and I am going to test them in 3DMark03 3.60.
3DMark03 uses a set of 3D scenes rendered by its own graphics engine to check the capabilities of a computer’s graphics subsystem.
The newer graphics solution from ATI – Radeon X700 – enjoys a perceptible advantage even when the notebooks work on their batteries. The same is true for other graphics tests, by the way.
I tested the notebooks in two modes in Quake 3 :
- 640x480; 16 bit; Vertex Lighting; Low Detail; 16-bit Texture Quality; Bilinear Texture Filter
- 1024x768; 32 bit; Lightmap Lighting; High Detail; 32-bit Texture Quality; Trilinear Texture Filter
As you see, the ATI Mobility Radeon X700 is better irrespective of the power source.
The results of Unreal Tournament 2003 agree with what we’ve seen in the previous graphics tests. So, the ASUS A3500Vc03 seems to be a good enough gaming computer. The Sonoma platform plus ATI’s graphics look better than the Turion 64 with Nvidia’s graphics, partially because Intel ships a whole platform whereas AMD gives the notebook manufacturer an opportunity to vary the configuration.