Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Review

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We recognize most ultrabooks such as the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus aren’t designed to be serious gaming machines, but that doesn’t mean they can’t handle a bit of casual gaming, especially when you find Intel's HD 4400 Graphics on board. To get a feel for how the ATIV Book 9 Plus stacks up to other systems, we fired up 3DMark11, Cloud Gate, and Far Cry 2.

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated DX11 Gaming Performance
As a synthetic gaming benchmark, 3DMark 11 puts extra emphasis on your system’s handling of DirectX 11. However, 3DMark 11 measures more than just the graphics card’s performance; the processor has an influence on the score as well as system memory bandwidth. As a result, this benchmark is a good way to get a feel for how well the system can handle gaming and general computing tasks.

The ATIV Book 9 Plus didn’t score as well as other similarly-equipped systems in the 3DMark 11 test. While the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014 earned scores that were above 900, the ATIV Book 9 Plus comes in at 759, a noticeable difference in this benchmark.

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate
Simulated DX11 Gaming Performance
3DMark is the latest flagship benchmark in Futuremark’s catalog. As a result, it is a popular choice for testing all types of PCs. 3DMark has a separate test suite for different device categories. The Cloud Gate test is aimed at entry-level PCs and laptops. It has two subtests: a processor-intensive physics test and two graphics tests. Cloud Gate uses a DirectX 11 engine but the graphics are designed to be compatible with DirectX 10 systems. We ran the test suite at its default 1280 x 720 resolution and at default rendering quality settings. It’s important to remember that 3DMark Cloud Gate scores aren’t comparable to scores from other categories such as 3DMark Fire Strike (gaming PCs) or Ice Storm (smartphones and tablets).

The ATIV Book 9 Plus earned a great score in the Cloud Gate test, coming in second place behind the 2014 Dell XPS 13 which has a Core i7-4500U processor and Intel HD 4400 graphics.

Far Cry 2
Midrange DX10 Gaming Performance
Far Cry 2 uses high-quality textures, complex shaders, and dynamic lighting to create a realistic gaming environments and jungle battlegrounds. Using the game’s built-in benchmark, we can get a better look at a system’s performance with DirectX 10 level gaming graphics.

The ATIV Book 9 Plus scores about what we’d expect in the Far Cry 2 test. Although this ultrabook doesn’t top the charts, it earns a score that’s right in line with other notebooks with similar hardware.
 


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