DX9 Synthetic Gaming Test - 3DMark 06
FutureMark states that, "3DMark score is an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system. 3DMark06 has been downloaded more than any other 3D benchmark and the ORB database now contains over 8.5 million 3DMark06 benchmark scores from around the world."
Here we're back to our small assortment of midrange notebooks, some with previous gen Intel integrated Graphics Media Accelerator IGPs, others like the Samsung R580 and Asus U30Jc, are beefed up with discrete low-end NVIDIA GPUs and their Optimus switching technology. The GeForce 310M is a 16 CUDA core base-level GPU for Optimus solutions with DX10.1 support and a 64-bit memory interface. According to 3DMark 06, backed up with a strong CPU, the Optimus-enabled machines are generally faster.