Compaq V2417AU Benchies and Impressions
I posted this over at my regular forum, but since I struggled to find anyone willing to run benchies on any 200Ms before I purchased it I thought people might want to see the results.
Yes, this notebook is only available in Australia (and the prices below are in $AUD) but I'm sure there are equivalents around the world.
Quote from my normal forum:
For those who don't know, the Presario M2417AU is the cheap notebook that I've suggested to a couple of people if they're after something "good enough".
It's $999 but you get $200 cashback from Compaq if you buy before a certain time.
As most of you know I own a computer shop, and this is a good deal cheaper than I can get this sort of notebook wholesale.
These are the specs: http://h50025.www5.hp.com/hpcom/au_e...2_EL087PA.html
Basically Sempron 3000+, 256MB DDR, 40GB 4200rpm, DVD/CDRW Combo, ATI 200M Graphics (shared memory), 14" WXGA
My first impressions?
Slow. I'm in the process of uninstalling all the HP stuff, removing Norton, and turning off the pointless XP features that slow a PC down. So far there has already been a marked improvement just from getting rid of the bloat that comes with this thing.
I'm planning on adding a good 80GB 5400rpm drive and an extra 1GB of RAM soon, so look for a hardy used 40GB 4200rpm 2.5"er and 256MB DDR So-DIMM in trademart soon!
If anyone has any tests they want me to run on this thing, let me know. I'm about to 3dMark2001SE it. I'll then be adding an extra 512MB a friend had lying around to see how that goes (I expect big things).
*EDIT* Couple of things:
While the screen is a teeny bit overbright for my taste, it is very good quality overall.
The Sempron, amazingly, uses the A64 speed stepping technology. When not in heavy use (e.g. when typing this) the processor drops down to 600-800MHz.
It does get a little hot, but no more than my friends fancy $2200 notebook in direct comparison, and no more than I'd expect the average notebook to heat up.
*EDIT2* Okay, 3DMark2001SE came back with a whoping 3200! Booyah! This was with the extra 512MB in the laptop and the vid memory set to 128MB (system memory 640MB).
More importantly, it has no issues playing WoW. Even in Ironforge, while things weren't perfect, I don't believe there was any issue extra RAM and better netcode from Blizzard couldn't fix.
I played a lot of a game called Patrician II last night, because my friend whom I got the 512MB off felt he needed to make a big purcahse yesterday too, so he stretched himself to pay $7.50 for Patrician II.
Wow, there's a dull game. I'm addicted though, since the main aim involves making money, which is always a catch for me.
Using Battery Eater Pro's Reader test (ie a scrolling document file that runs until the battery dies) with me browsing websites while it was running the battery lasted 2:15.
I'm guessing running a full load like a DVD it'd be around 1hr (those optical drives drain battery like a mofo, even a bitchin' laptop will rarely do more than 1.5hrs with the DVD going).
Gaming I'd guess 1:15-1:30 or so.
I am continually astounded by the quality of the screen on this model.
It is as good as I could possibly want from any screen. I'm watching Blade II on it right now and I swear it looks better than on my 19" LCD.
Compared to the screen on the cheap Acer and Toshiba notebooks which I've also had a good long look at, it's amazing.
3DMark 2001SE - 3200
3DMark 2003v360 - 888
3DMark 2005v120 - 453
Aquamark 3 - 8963 (GFX 975, CPU 5463)
Worth noting, fully DX9 compliant.
List of games I've tried on it:
WoW 1024x768 low detail - fine.
Patrician II - fine.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 1024x768 - fine.
Deus Ex (original) - fine.
GTA:III (original) - fine.
Sim City 4 - fine.
Homeworld 2 - fine.
Quake 4 - nope, not even close. Completely distorted graphics at half a frame a second, even on all lowest settings.
I've got Doom 3 and HL2 lying around so if anyone asks I can test those too.