Next I tested the notebook’s graphics subsystem (ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics core with 256MB of dedicated memory) 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.
When connected to the wall outlet, the notebook with an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 shows its very best. The Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 with TurboCache and 128MB of dedicated memory installed in the ASUS V6X00J011 is no competitor. Everything changes as soon as I disconnect the notebooks from the mains: the leader becomes an outsider due to the severe measures taken to save power.
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
We’ve got the same picture in Quake 3: the results are high when the notebook is powered from the mains and very low when it is powered by its battery.
The last graphics benchmark agrees that the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 is indeed better than the simpler solution from Nvidia, but only when powered from the mains. So, if you want to use your W2U00Jc02 as a gaming notebook, you have to connect it to an external power source. Otherwise the notebook’s graphics performance is going to be too low for comfortable play.