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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 more advanced hardware configuration beats the weaker one again. The Inspiron XPS M1210 wins due to the changes in the micro-architecture of its CPU in both power modes. The speed of Quake 4 is rather low, though; GMA 950 cannot run today’s games at an acceptable speed – it was more like a slideshow.

The final test agrees with the previous ones: with this configuration the Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 cannot be regarded as a gaming notebook. Its integrated graphics is just not fast enough.

 
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