For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Left 4 Dead 2, Half Life 2: Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing processors with HL:E2, L4D2 or ET:QW, we ran a pre-recorded demo of each at a resolution of 1280x720. Since these are more entry-level game tests on highly mobile platforms, we left anti-aliasing turned off and image quality settings set from moderate to high levels where possible.
In all of these tests, it's clear who the winner is: Zacate. Yet again, AMD's Fusion has proven to be a real contender, putting the older Neo platform in the X100e to shame. Granted, this APU isn't strong enough to allow hardcore gamers to churn out high framerates on an external monitor, but it's plenty powerful to play some of the more modern titles at lowered resolutions. For a sub-$600 machine, we find this pretty impressive, particularly on a notebook that is likely tailored to get business done first, and play second. It also shows just how weak the Atom looks in comparison; we know we keep harping on that fact, but we're very excited about the possibility of Intel seriously overhauling their Atom line now that Fusion has delivered the first real competition in the new year.