iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Notebook Review

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Far Cry 2, Lost Planet 2, Just Cause 2

Far Cry 2
DirectX 10 Gaming Performance

FarCry 2
Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date. Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations. We benchmarked the test systems in this article with the FarCry 2 benchmark tool using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map. 

The Valkyrie's Far Cry 2 performance is actually slightly faster than the Radeon 6990M. All three machines are eminently playable.

Lost Planet 2
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Lost Planet 2
Lost Planet 2 is a third person shooter developed by Capcom. It is the sequel to Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, and takes place ten years after the events of the first game. The plot begins with Mercenaries fighting against Jungle Pirates, while featuring major boss battles, extreme terrain, and the ability to pilot mechanized armor suits. We tested the game engine using the stand alone benchmark tool.   

Lost Planet 2's performance is another decent showing for the Valkyrie. The iBuyPower machine's GeForce GTX 675 outperforms the Radeon 6990M in the M18x and turns in a playable frame rate at ~30 FPS.

Just Cause 2
DX10.1 Gaming Performance

Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 was released in March 2010, from developers Avalanche Studios and Eidos Interactive. The game makes use of the Avalanche Engine 2.0, an updated version of the similarly named original. It is set on the fictional island of Panau in southeast Asia, and you play the role of Rico Rodriquez. We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article using one of the built-in demo runs called Desert Sunrise. The test results shown here were run at various resolutions and settings. This game also supports a few CUDA-enabled features, but they were left disabled to keep the playing field level.  

Again, another good showing for the CZ-17. It's not the fastest solution, but it beats out the Radeon-powered Alienware M18x and turns in solid numbers.

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