Toshiba Satellite E205-S1904 WiDi Laptop Review

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Futuremark PCMark Vantage

Next up we ran the E205 through Futuremark's PCMark Vantage system performance metric. PCMark Vantage runs through a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. Most of the tests are multi-threaded (up to three simultaneous threads), so the tests can exploit the additional resources offered by a multi-core processor.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance

PCMark Vantage is more of a holistic benchmark, which utilizes all the major subsystems of a laptop. Any subsystem that represents any sort of performance bottleneck will impact the overall PCMark Vantage score. In the case of the E205 on this test, its Achilles Heel is its Gaming performance. The new-and-improved Mobile Intel HD Graphics (which is the third generation of the G45 GPU and is now integrated directly onto the Core i5 CPU) definitely has more graphics power behind it than the previous generation Intel mobile graphics (see the next page for real-world 3D gaming performance), but it's still not enough to compete against the discrete GPUs that are present in some of the comparison systems in this chart.

The Core i5-540M system also uses integrated Mobile Intel HD Graphics, yet it still manages to be the top overall PCMark performer of this group. While the 3D graphics performance impacts the overall PCMark performance, it's not enough pull the laptop's powerful processor down from its pedestal. The same came be said for the E205--comparatively, it doesn't do so well on the PCMark Vantage Gaming test, but it still puts in a decent showing on the overall test. But while the E205's Core i5-430M edged out the Core 2 Extreme X9000-based laptop on the CPU tests from the previous page, the X9000 manages to gain the upper hand on nearly all of the PCMark tests here.

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