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Performance in Gaming Tests

Next we tested the notebook in three versions of 3DMark: 3DMark 2003 3.6.0, 3DMark 2005 1.2.0 and 3DMark 2006 1.1.0.

3DMark uses its own rendering engine to create a set of 3D scenes that load the graphics subsystem in various ways. Compared with the previous version, 3DMark 2005 uses Shader Model 2.0x/3.0 instead of Shader Model 1.x, provides full compatibility with Shader Model 2.0, includes more complex tests (over a million polygons per each frame), and employs normal maps. 3DMark 2006 brings support for HDR, Uniform Shadow Maps, and multi-core CPUs. It is overall oriented at Shader Model 3.0, but two out of its four graphics tests work within the Shader Model 2.0 framework.

The tests suggest that there is but a small difference between the GeForce 9500M GS and GeForce 8600M GT. These two GPUs are roughly similar according to 3DMark.

There is no leader again. Both graphics adapters prove to be very similar in terms of performance. Can you play games on the M50Sv? Judging by its results in comparison with the gaming notebook G1S, you surely can. But of course it won’t be as fast as an advanced modern desktop system.

 
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