Intel Arrandale Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile Unveiled
Gaming:HL2 and ETQW
Performance with Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
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.