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Next I tested the notebooks’ discrete graphics cores in 3DMark 2003 3.60.

3DMark uses a set of 3D scenes rendered by its own graphics engine to check the capabilities of a computer’s graphics subsystem.

The results are indicative of how weak the Nvidia GeForce Go 7300 is in comparison with the 7400 GPU. These graphics processors do not slow down as much as ATI’s when the notebooks work on their batteries, which allows using them on the run without losing much in the graphics performance.

Next, 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

Strangely enough, it is the ASUS A6Q00Jc011 that wins this test in the low resolution, but everything is normal as soon as you enable higher, real-life resolutions. The speeds go down when the notebooks work on their batteries, but remain within acceptable limits anyway.

The last graphics benchmark agrees with the earlier results. The Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 looks preferable to the Nvidia GeForce 7300.

 
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