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 chip has proven to be a real contender, putting the older Neo platform in the X100e (and the Atom in the 1201N) 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 powerful to play some of the more modern titles at lower resolutions. For a sub-$600 machine, we find this pretty impressive. It also shows just how weak the Atom looks in comparison.