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The notebooks both have discrete graphics processors with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory, so I tested them only 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 higher GPU frequency helps the VAIO VGN-AR11SR win this test in both power modes. You can note that its GPU performance doesn’t degenerate as much as on the ASUS notebook when the notebooks work on their batteries.

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

ATI claims victory in Quake 3 , but the GeForce Go 7600 GT is better than its opponent when the notebooks work on their batteries.

The final graphics test makes things even more confusing. The solutions from ATI and Nvidia look equal irrespective of the power source. The tests suggest that the VAIO VGN-AR11SR is not just a multimedia box, but a gaming station, too. Its performance is high even when you disconnect it from the wall outlet.

 
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