Gateway P-6831FX Gaming Notebook

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Test Setup & 3DMark06 CPU





The Gateway P-6831FX was left "as delivered" for the duration of benchmarking. This represents the configuration that the consumer would receive the system in. Nothing was installed or altered, with the exception of the necessary benchmarking software. We decided to compare the P-6831FX to the Dell XPS M1730, ASUS C90S, Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi4 and Toshiba Satellite A305 for points of reference.


HotHardware's Mobile Test Systems
Covering the bases

Gateway P-6831FX

Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 (1.67GHz)

3GB DDR2-667

512MB NVIDIA
GeForce 8800M GTS

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

250GB Hard Drive
5,400 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home Premium

17" WSXGA+ Display
(native 1680x1050)
Dell XPS M1730
Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900
(2.8GHz)

2x1GB DDR2-667

Dual
256MB NVIDIA
GeForce 8700M GT

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

2x200GB in RAID0
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home Premium

17" WUXGA Display
(native 1920x1200)
Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi4

Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz)

3GB DDR2-667

Dual 256MB NVIDIA
GeForce 8600M GT

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

2x160GB Hard Drives (no RAID)
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate

17" WSXGA+ Display
(native 1680x1050)
 
 


 
ASUS C90S

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz)

2x1GB DDR2-667

512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

160GB Hard Drive
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate

15.4" WSXGA+ Display
(native 1680x1050)


Toshiba Satellite A305


Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz)

3GB DDR2-667

512MB NVIDIA
Mobility Radeon HD 3650

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

2x200GB Hard Drives (no RAID)
5,400 RPM/4,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home Premium

15.4" WXGA Display
(native 1280x800)
 


Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06 CPU Performance Module
Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

To start out our testing, we began with a focus on CPU performance, utilizing FutureMark 3DMark06's CPU performance module. 3DMark06's test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of different 3D scenes that are generated with software and hardware GPU renderers, which is also dependant on the host CPU's performance. In its CPU tests, the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the central processor.  GPU rendering tests employ a mix of SM2.0, SM3.0 and HDR techniques and effects.





The Gateway P-6831FX isn't off to a particularly good start, coming in last in our first benchmark. This isn't surprising however, since the P-6831FX's Core 2 Duo T5450 is the slowest processor out of all of our comparison notebooks. At only 1.67GHz, with 2mb of L2 cache, the T5450 is one of the slowest mobile Core 2 Duo processors available.


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