Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook 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.

Here we see more of the expected: an evolutionary bump in frame rates, but nothing revolutionary. We think it'll take a whole new Ion architecture or an entirely new Atom (rather than just a speed-bumped one) to see super high frame rates on a netbook. Of course, we're complaining that a netbook -- a machine that was never, ever built for gaming -- can't play 3D titles good enough, so that in and of itself is telling. At least the 1215N can handle some of the better games from last year at decent resolutions, but modern titles will bring the system to its knees. Then again, any gaming is better than no gaming when it comes to a sub-$500 netbook.

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