Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review

Gaming Performance

 Performance with Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Gaming Performance

To touch on gaming performance, we chose two games that draw moderately on system resources, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. We then ran a pre-recorded demo of each at a resolution of 800x600 and also at a higher resolution of 1280x800. The resulting performance achieved is indicated in frames per second in the graph below.

Lenovo's Y530 is no gaming beast, but even the small boost in performance provided by a 2GHz CPU and the 9300M GPU makes some games playable. Realistically, the Edge 13" cannot play either of these titles in any enjoyable fashion. You could probably get away with older titles at lower resolutions, but don't even bother attempting any intensive, modern games here. Of course, Lenovo never intended for this machine to be a gaming machine, but we were impressed by its ability to play back every single 720p and 1080p movie trailer we threw at it without ever sending the CPU utilization meter above about 30%.

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