3DMark and Far Cry 2
Next up, we have 3D graphics testing with 3DMark Ice Storm. Ice Storm Extreme raises the rendering resolution from 720p to 1080p over the standard preset, and uses higher quality textures and post-processing effects in the Graphics tests to create a more demanding workload. In Unlimited mode frames are rendered in 720p off-screen while the display is updated with thumbnails every 100 frames to show progress.
3DMark Ice Storm And Cloud Gate
Synthetic DirectX Gaming And Graphics Testing
The LaVie Z put up good numbers here, proving that there's some gaming prowess tucked between its thin, plastic shell.
The Cloud Gate test is aimed at entry-level PCs and laptops, and has two subtests: a processor-intensive physics test and two graphics tests. We run the test suite at its default 1280 x 720 resolution and at default rendering quality settings. Keep in mind that 3DMark Cloud Gate scores aren’t comparable to scores from 3DMark Fire Strike (gaming PCs) or Ice Storm (smartphones and tablets).
The Cloud Gate score simply confirms our suspicions: the LaVie Z's graphics performance is strong in light of its competition.
To get a feel for gaming performance, we also fired up Far Cry 2:
Far Cry 2 is an older title that any proper gaming rig can run easily, but it's still taxing enough to bring a thin-and-light notebook with integrated graphics to its knees. We saw 30+ frames per second on average with the LaVie Z at least, making it smoothly playable at an HD resolution.