Krista, i think that even tho there is some problems with the scores he is getting, he seems to be able to game just fine. so i would say theAcer with x1600 is definetly better than the travelmate, and indeed its cheaper than an Asus.
The asus im configuring (Duo @1.83ghz, 60gb 7.2k rpm drive, 1 gb 667mhz ram and ati x1600 256@ 450/400 is about 1300+dlrs).
if the acer problem gets fixed, i might get this acer with the x1600 myself and save up the money for later. is the hdd 4200 or 5400? 4200 is a no no for me
Also, even if the memory is underclock, the scores are not right. I underlcocked my X700 from 358/330 to 358/300 (the standard for X700 is around 400/400) and then o/c my card to 400/350 and the overall score difference was not that great. the differeces was around 700 marks, but my main issue is not the card, its the CPU
basically, an x1600 with 370 memory and 470core should not score that low. the asus has a default 450/400 and scores 3900+ on 3dmark 05 so obviously reducing the mem to 370 would not make the score drop THAT much.