In our testing, everyday tasks such as word processing, internet surfing, email, and music playback were handled easily by the system. Multitasking performance was good and running multiple programs did not greatly effect the working environment. Of course, the 4GB of available memory helped greatly in this department as well as the dual core processor. We also want to note how comfortable we felt with the G51VX on our lap. With the warm air vented towards the left side of the notebook, the bottom stayed cool during normal operation.
The G51VX features the Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 mobile processor built using 45nm process technology. Our CPU ran at 2.0GHz (266x7.5) with a 1066MHz front side bus at only 1.14V. During idle states, we observed that the multiplier dropped from 7.5 to 6.0, lowering the processor speed to 1.6GHz but also reducing power consumption and heat production. The 4GB of DDR2 memory runs at 800MHz with 6-6-6-18 timings.
To give you a better idea of the notebook's abilities, it scored a 5.0 in Windows Experience Index. The G51VX maxed out in Memory and Graphics scoring 5.9 in those categories and scored 5.8s in the Gaming Graphics and Hard Disk transfer rate tests, which is impressive as well. The base score is determined by the lowest subscore of all components which in this case, was the dual core processor. Windows Experience Index is not the most demanding benchmark but it does show how well the system can handle Vista.
We threw several high definition movie trailers at the G51VX as well, to get a feel for its multimedia performance and can report that the notebook managed them with ease. The picture was clear and crisp while the audio played smoothly without any noticeable hiccups, or frame drops or stutters.