Asus ZenBook UX305CA Review: Thin And Light, Great Battery Life

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Graphics Testing: Cinebench, 3DMark Cloud Gate, Far Cry 2

Ultrabooks aren’t meant for serious gaming, but it doesn’t hurt to know how it would handle a little play during your downtime, so we have a few graphics related benchmark results to share for you here...

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering On The CPU and GPU

Based on Maxon Cinema 4D software, this test uses a 3D scene and polygon and texture manipulation to assess GPU and CPU performance. We usually opt for the Main Processor Performance (CPU) test, which builds a still scene containing about 2,000 objects, for total polygon count above 300,000. Cinebench displays its results in points.

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The ZenBook UX305CA landed in the middle of the pack in the OpenGL test. The Core m3-6Y30 understandably couldn’t keep up with Intel faster processors in the CPU test, however. Though the Core M is based on Intel's latest Skylake Microarchitecture, the chips are designed to fit in a low power envelope, so whacking all of the cores with a sustained load like Cinebench results in lower overall frequencies versus higher-powered parts, which in turn lowers performance. This isn't an issue for short, bursty workloads, like web browsing or typical Microsoft Office tasks, but rendering is a different story.

3DMark Cloud Gate
Synthetic DirectX Gaming and Graphics Testing

The 3DMark suite breaks its tests down by computer type. Fire Strike, for example, is aimed at high-end gaming desktops. Cloud Gate, on the other hand, is designed for typical notebooks. As with 3DMark 11, the GPU plays a large role in results, which are measured in points. Higher is better.

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The ZenBook ended up in the middle of the pack again, thanks to the Intel HD 515 graphics. Still, that’s not bad for a system in this price range with such a small form factor.

Far Cry 2
DX10 Gaming Performance

When it comes to lush vegetation in a steaming, sinister jungle, no one pulls it off quite like Ubisoft does in its Far Cry series. Far Cry 2 uses high-quality textures, complex shaders, and dynamic lighting to create a realistic environment. The game’s built-in benchmark gives us a good look at a system’s performance with DirectX 10.

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Here, the ZenBook UX305CA managed to pull nearly to the head of the pack, landing short only of the Lenovo Yoga. The Yoga 900 features an Intel Core i7-6500U and Intel HD Graphics 520, so it’s not surprising that the ZenBook didn’t match it. Still, 38 fps in Far Cry 2 is nothing to sneeze at when we’re talking about ultrabooks.

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