Samsung ATIV Book 6 Notebook Review

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Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated Gaming Performance

3DMark 11 measures more than the graphics card’s performance (the processor can impact the score, for example) and is a good way to get a feel for a system both as a gaming PC and as a general-use computer. Futuremark recently updated 3DMark 11 to support Windows 8, so if you plan to run this test on your own Windows 8 system, be sure to get the latest update.

The ATIV Book 6 handled 3DMark 11 very well. Based on this test, you'll see performance that's roughly double that of your average Ultrabook, but roughly half of your average gaming notebook. Performance-wise, it hits right in the middle of those two sectors.

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate
Simulated Gaming Performance

The flagship benchmark in Futuremark’s catalog, 3DMark is a popular choice for testing everything from gaming PCs to mobile devices. Of course, the technology differences between a game machine and a smartphone are significant, so 3DMark has a separate test suite for each device category. 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 say, 3DMark Fire Strike (gaming PCs) or Ice Storm (smartphones and tablets).

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch was our first system through the new Cloud Gate test, and it makes for an interesting comparison. The mid-range laptop is outgunned by the KIRAbook, and the ATIV Book 6 topped them both. Of course, this is the first machine we've been able to test with a discrete GPU, so the result is not surprising.

Far Cry 2
DX10 Gaming Performance

When it comes to lush vegetation in a steaming, sinister jungle, no one pulls it off quite like Ubisoft does in its Far Cry series. Far Cry 2 uses high-quality textures, complex shaders, and dynamic lighting to create a realistic environment. The game’s built-in benchmark gives us a good look at a system’s performance with DirectX 10. 

Here again, the ATIV Book 6 nearly doubles the performance of rival Ultrabooks, but couldn't come close to matching gaming notebooks that are outside of its class. The discrete GPU was no doubt helpful here; in our opinion, the ATIV Book 6 is perfectly capable of medium-duty gaming. It may not be billed as a gaming machine, but the speedy CPU + GPU combo keeps it in the game.

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