Asus 14" U43F Bamboo Core i5 Notebook Review

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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 a resolution of 1280x800. The resulting performance achieved is indicated in frames per second in the graph below. For comparison, we've included results for the Core i5-540M/Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD-based laptop we looked at in our Intel Arrandale Core i3/i5 article.

So, the good news here is that even a machine without a discrete GPU can play some of yesteryear's games at near-native res. We played both at full resolution and it lagged minimally, so we'd say it's possible in most situations if the IQ is turned down a bit. Of course, stepping the resolution down a notch or two would produce very playable results too. We obviously won't recommend this machine to hardcore gamers, but for the average person who only dabbles in gaming from time to time, the IGP here will probably suffice.

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