Gaming @ 1440x900
In our second set of gaming-related benchmarks, we'll look at the Gateway P-6831FX's performance at its native resolution of 1440x900 as well as with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering enabled.
At the P-6831FX's native resolution, the GeForce 8800M GTS provides a bit more performance compared to 1680x1050. At the highest image quality we tested with anti-aliasing set to 4x and anisotropic filtering maxed out at 16x, the P-6831FX was still able to achieve a very good average frame rate of 86.4 fps. The game was perfectly playable and looked great.
We also experimented with Company of Heroes at 1440x900. We benchmarked the whole range of anti-aliasing settings for Company of Heroes. The P-6831FX performed very well at all settings and remained very playable even at 16x CSAA. Image quality was great and the game ran fairly smooth. However we did notice occasional stutter when scrolling around the battlefield. We attribute that to the slow processor or perhaps the hard drive, rather than dips in frame rate.
Lastly, we spent some time in Crysis. While the GeForce 8800M GTS seems to have enough power to run Crysis smoothly at 1440x900 with image quality set to high, the P-6831FX was let down a bit by the relatively slow Core 2 Duo T5450 that comes with the P-6831FX.
We really felt the processor bottleneck in Crysis and we noticed a lot of stuttering, especially at the High image quality level. However, if you're willing to sacrifice some image quality, the P-6831FX will run Crysis at a playable frame-rate. Overall, the native resolution of the P-6831FX seems like a good fit and all of the games we tried, with the exception of Crysis at high settings, ran well and looked great.