Intel Arrandale Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile Unveiled - HotHardware

Intel Arrandale Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile Unveiled

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 Performance with Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Gaming Performance

To touch on gaming performance, we chose two games that draw moderately on system resources, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. We then ran a pre-recorded demo of each at various low to mid range resolutions. The resulting performance achieved is indicated in frames per second in the graph below.  Does Arrandale have a bit gaming under the hood? See for yourself.

Unfortunately neither of these titles were playable at the notebook's native screen resolution of 1366X768, though Half Life 2, was pretty fluid at resolutions of 1024 and lower.  That said, turning down graphics quality a touch here and there does allow playable frame rates at 720p resolutions, though you'll be missing some of the eye candy in titles like Quake Wars. In short, Arrandale does have a bit of casual gaming under the hood but the experience is one that you would expect from an IGP solution.  If you really want to game, grab a Core i5 Mobile machine with a discrete GPU.

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Just read the review and all I can say is wow! Bundle this up with the low power ATI 5000 graphics and we're looking at a giant leap forward in notebook gaming battery performance!

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Yeah, Wow, Intel has been making really decent mobile processors here as of late.

Mobile processors have been coming a long way. Used to be that if you wanted a powerful laptop you would have to settle for one with a desktop processor but at the detriment of poor battery life and bulky size. Now a days you can find a Laptop, mobile Pc, or even a netbook that can keep up with user expectations all without being too Pricey, Bulky or Short of Battery time. I would love to be able to see a few years down the road, today, and catch a glimpse of where this is all headed.

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