The tested notebooks are both equipped with the discrete graphics core Nvidia GeForce Go 7400, but with different core clock rates, so we tested them in three versions of 3DMark: 3DMark 2003 3.6.0, 3DMark 2005 1.2.0 and 3DMark 2006 1.0.2.
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.
3DMark uses a set of 3D scenes rendered by its own graphics engine to load the graphics subsystem in various ways.
Quite expectably, it is the graphics core that works at a higher frequency and can be allotted more of faster system memory that is ahead in the graphics tests and the Merom can’t do anything about that. On the other hand, 3DMark’s CPU tests prove that the Intel Core 2 Duo is the faster of the two CPUs. The parameters of the graphics subsystems were set up for maximum performance for this test. That’s why their speeds don’t go down much in the battery mode.
Next, we 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
And in one mode in Quake 4 :
- Overall Quality – High; Resolution – 1024x768; Format – 4:3; Multi-core Optimization – Yes. Other settings were left default
There was no standard demo record in Quake 4 , so we had to create it by ourselves and will use it in every following review of notebooks on our site so that different notebooks could be compared under identical conditions.
The Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 VX is better at high resolutions in Quake 3 . But Quake 3 being a CPU-dependent game, the ASUS W7J is preferable at low resolutions due to its faster CPU. Quake 4 is not tied to CPU performance and runs faster on the notebook that has a higher graphics core frequency and a larger amount of fast system memory.