Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation Review

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3DMark 11 and 3DMark Cloud Gate

You don't purchase a mobile workstation with the intention of gaming on it, though that doesn't mean you can't -- it's just not a priority. However, when the time comes to blow off some steam, it's nice to know what you're working with. Let's have a look.

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated Gaming Performance

As a synthetic gaming benchmark, 3DMark 11 puts extra emphasis on your system’s handling of DirectX 11. However, 3DMark 11 measures more than just the graphics card’s performance; the processor and a system's memory bandwith also have an influence on the score. We like 3DMark 11, as it's a good way to get a feel for how well the system can handle gaming and general computing tasks.

Dell Precision M3800 3DMark 11

It looks like the Precision M3800 has a bit of game. To put the Quadro K1100M into perspective, it's roughly equivalent to the GeForce GTX 740 desktop graphics card, another Kepler-based card with 384 CUDA core and a 128-bit interface. That's going to rule out high-end gaming, but compared to integrated graphics, it can push some pixels around.

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate
Simulated Gaming Performance

3DMark Cloud Gate is a separate test from the main 3DMark suite, and it's aimed at entry-level PCs and laptops. It has two subtests: a processor-intensive physics test and two graphics tests. We ran the test suite at its default 1280 x 720 resolution and at default rendering quality settings.

Dell Precision M3800 3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark's Cloud Gate test shows just how much better the Quadro K1100M is at gaming than Intel's integrated graphics.

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