As you'll note in
the following pages of benchmarks, we've compared the Acer Timeline Ultra M3 with NVIDIA's new GeForce GT 640M GPU
versus a few different machines, both standard notebooks and ultrabook class
products. In every test case, we tried to leave each notebok as delivered to us
from the manufacturers. This meant, after any pending Windows updates were
installed, we disabled Windows update and also disabled any virus scanning
software that may have been installed, so it wouldn't kick in during benchmark
runs. That said, it's virtually impossible to ensure identical system
configurations between notebooks; so we'll caution you that reference scores
from the various test systems are listed in order to give you a general feel for
performance between these similar class of machines and not for direct,
NVIDIA's Optimus control panel with game profiles at the ready...
General System Performance
Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark suite, more recently
released. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a
Windows 7 environment. It combines 25 individual workloads covering storage,
computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing, and gaming.
This benchmark is more to set a baseline for you on general system performance. Here, the Timline Ultra M3's slower CPU and hard drive aren't doing it any favors versus the other Ultrabooks in our test field. This benchmark only utilizes the GPU in a few tests and in those tests, workloads are very light. So, in short, this benchmark might be indicative of what Acer's machine can do in general desktop performance but it doesn't showcase what NVIDIA is looking to wave the flag for today.
Futuremark 3DMark 11
|Synthetic DirectX Game Benchmarks
version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically
bound to Windows Vista and WIndows 7-based systems due to its DirectX 11
requirement, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows. 3DMark11
isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though. With this latest
version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a
physics tests, and a new combined test. We tested the graphics cards here with
3DMark11's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1080 with 4x
anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic
With our first 3D gaming test, we've changed the competitive field to standard notebooks with discrete GPUs. For gaming, our database of results with the current crop of Ultrabooks is limited. But then again, with virtually all of them thus far driven only by Intel integrated graphics, it doesn't make much sense to compare to them, since you already know what the result will be versus NVIDIA's latest. In 3DMark 11, versus NVIDIA's previous gen GeForce GT 555M GPU in the Alienware M14x, the new Kepler-based GeForce GT 640M offers up a sizable performance gain; and that's even with a much more powerful CPU backing up the mid-sized Alienware gaming notebook. Early signs here are that mobile Kepler is no joke.