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8/18/06 at 4:39am
Originally Posted by aiya24
anyone tired CS:S on a GMA950?
i'm planning on getting a notebook eventually (14 incher) and wanted to know if it would be enough to play CS:S at decent settings since thats pretty much what i always play and i have a desktop to play my other games.
if it can't, then what would. i'm guessing anything else but that, lol.
Originally Posted by runelord
I recently purchased an HP Pavilion dv2000t with a Core Duo T2250 processor and the Nvidia GeForce Go 7200 graphics option (plus 1 GB of RAM, and 80 GB hard drive, and Combo optical drive). I thought people might be curious to see a couple of benchmarks for both the CPU and the graphics.
For comparison, I also tested a Mac mini running Windows XP via Bootcamp. The Mac mini has a Core Duo T2300 and Intel GMA 950 graphics, so it provides an interesting comparison for those curious to see how the Core Duo T2250 stacks up with its 533 Mhz system bus (compared to the T2300's 667 Mhz bus) and also how the Nvidia 7200 graphics compare to integrated graphics.
3dmark03 (Demo version, 1024x768, default settings)
GeForce Go 7200: 2738
Intel GMA 950: 1796
3dmark05 (Demo version, 1024x768, default settings)
GeForce Go 7200: 1510
Intel GMA 950: (not tested)
Sandra Lite 2007 Processor Arithmetic
Core Duo T2250: 11796 (Dhrystone) 8619 (Whetstone)
Core Duo T2300: 11323 (Dhrystone) 8355 (Whetstone)
Sandra Lite 2007 Processor Multimedia
Core Duo T2250: 27057 (Integer) 36838 (Floating)
Core Duo T2300: 25951 (Integer) 35131 (Floating)
Sandra Lite 2007 Memory Bandwidth
Core Duo T2250: 3310 (Integer) 3312 (Floating)
Core Duo T2300: 3636 (Integer) 3635 (Floating)
The GeForce Go 7200 graphics provide a 52% increase in 3D game performance for $25--a pretty good value. Performance is on par with an ATI Radeon X600 pro.
For a real world test, I played World of Warcraft on both systems. While WoW was playable on the Mac mini, it required settings to be at their minimum, and frame rates still dropped below 20 fps during battles. On the dv2000t, WoW can be played with medium quality settings and never drop below 30fps. That's a big difference.
So while the GeForce Go 7200 is a TurboCache part, and is less powerful than the GeForce Go 7400, it's still a big step up from integrated graphics. Do yourself a favor--spend the $25 and get it.
As for the processor...in everyday tasks you'd have a hard time telling the difference between the Core Duo T2250 and the T2300. The T2250 offers 3-5% faster processor speed (thanks to its 1.73 Ghz clock speed compared to 1.67 Ghz on the T2300). However, given its faster bus speed, the T2300 offers 10% faster memory bandwidth. So it's pretty much a wash. All in all, the T2250 is an inexpensive CPU option that will deliver excellent performance.
A few final remarks: I got the large capacity battery and can play WoW for 3 hours+ at max screen brightness, and the fans never go above a whisper. The glossy finish is pretty--and collect fingerprints like crazy. The screen is decent--better than my old v2000z, but not as bright or with as wide a viewing angle as a Sony XBRITE. All in all, for the money (less than a grand) it's been a great purchase.
I hope that helps!
Originally Posted by cobra302
my new computer scores are listed in my new sig!
Originally Posted by DianeW
Again, I hope that I am not annoying the members as I just sent a similar note to the administrator.
I happened upon this forum while trying to reseach a present for my husband, a new laptop being offered for sale by COSTCO, the HPdv5327.
As if by magic I found the discussion of video cards incredibly clear and to point in my search. I have been trying to get back to the author to ask an additional question.
Again, I am a nurse sorely lacking in this expertise so I hope my question is understandable. I want this laptop for my husband who does landscaping and construction. He has a CAD program but has never been able to use the 3D.
In your article you discuss the GeForce Go 7600 as a best buy. Will it handle a 3D file? Can my husband, who is quite clever, install such a card in this new laptop? Lastly, I went to several web sites looking to buy and found many, many GeForce 7600s, seemingly by different makers. What specific card would you recommend for my purpose.
Thank you for your kind attention and your guidance.
Originally Posted by 0uterlimitz
7600 GO certainly doesnt PWN anything but is certainly capable of playing most games (all?) at mild settings with decent frame rates. It's not the most powerful by far...but if your talking about 7600 in DV9035nr it is a great package. one.