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The Sony VAIO VGN-TX1XRP is equipped with a new graphics core GMA 900 as opposed to the T2 model’s Extreme Graphics 2. This is why I first tested both the notebooks in 3DMark 2001SE Pro and then also tested the Sony VAIO VGN-TX1XRP in 3DMark03 3.60.

The 3DMark benchmark uses 3D scenes rendered by its own engine to reveal the potential of the computer’s graphics subsystem:

The superiority of the new graphics core is obvious. The older Extreme Graphics 2 couldn’t cope with such tests as Game 4, Environment Bump Mapping, Pixel Shader 2.0 and Advanced Pixel Shader, but the GMA 900 core crunches through them easily, even though the new notebook uses a “light” version of the graphics controller. The VAIO VGN-TX1XRP is also faster than the recently tested Samsung Q30 Plus, having a 0.1GHz higher CPU clock rate.

Next, we tested the sub-notebook in Quake 3 , in two modes:

  • 640x480; 16 bit; Lighting: Vertex; Detail: Low; Texture Quality:16 bit; Texture Filter:Bilinear
  • 1024x768; 32 bit; Lighting: Lightmap; Detail: High; Texture Quality:32 bit; Texture Filter:Trilinear

Here is the same paradox as in our tests of the Samsung Q30 Plus : Graphics Media Accelerator 900 is slower than the older graphics core of the VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S in low resolution. At higher graphics quality settings the newer graphics core proves its superiority, though. The results of this test suggest that the SONY VAIO VGN-TX1XRP is not a gaming platform, but you can still play some 3D games on it – see the results of the next test, too.

 
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