Dell Inspiron 6000(d)

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Startup Performance and Video Performance Index

Startup Performance
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The times listed below reflect the time it took for the system to power up until the cursor appeared with no busy indicator on the desktop background.

Video Performance Index
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We are inserting a video performance index into our notebook reviews based on Halo (a DX9 game), to show the relative video performance of certain mobile platforms. We are not going to run multiple games, at multiple settings, however, because we are only trying to show a snapshot of the notebook's graphics capabilities. We are doing this because we see the need to show the video performance index of discrete GPUs, even though the notebook in question isn't considered a "gaming notebook." When we review gaming notebooks, we will put a much stronger focus on GPU performance with more titles and more settings. We chose Halo over a DX8 title and Doom 3 because it is a good midpoint in performance measurement; something not too light or demanding in graphical performance.

The X300 in the Inspiron 6000 is clocked at 215MHz for both the GPU and the memory. This is not a notebook designed to be a gaming notebook, but you probably can do some light gaming. Anything more demanding than Halo should be avoided, as we were already having some trouble at 1280 x 1024. At 1024 x 768, things were much better (somewhere between 20 to 25 fps). We should note that unlike the UltraSharp displays, the WXGA display seems to have trouble emulating higher display resolutions (games crash), as we were required to use an external monitor for resolution above 1280 x 800 (native).

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