I tested the integrated graphics cores of the notebooks (Graphics Media Accelerator 950) in 3DMark 2001 SE Pro and then in 3DMark 2003 3.60.
3DMark uses a set of 3D scenes rendered by its own graphics engine to load the graphics subsystem of a computer in various ways.
The VAIO VGN-SZ1XRP/C is superior in this test due to its higher CPU clock rate and a larger amount of system RAM. The performance isn’t much lower when the notebooks switch to their batteries. So, the integrated graphics cores of these computers suit but little for playing games, but are fast enough for running office applications.
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
The VAIO VGN-SZ1HRP/B is a little slower due to the reasons mentioned above. The last graphics test is going to produce a similar picture, I guess.
Yes, the VAIO VGN-SZ1XRP/C is ahead of the junior SZ series model. So again, the notebooks do not suit for playing games on their GMA 950 cores unless you like slideshows. :)