Gaming: HL2 & ETQW
To touch on gaming performance, we chose two games that draw moderately on system resources, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. We then ran a pre-recorded demo of each at a number of resolutions. The resulting performance achieved is indicated in frames per second in the graphs below. For comparison, we've included results for the Core i5-540M/Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD-based laptop we looked at in our Intel Arrandale Core i3/i5 article.
There is no question that the Core i5 architecture's third-generation integrated graphics offers a noticeable performance boost over Intel's second-generation integrated graphics, but it's still not nearly enough to give laptops that have discrete graphics a run for the money. In the charts you see here, we're including 3D gaming performance for two different Core i5 laptops--the E205 and a system that has a faster Core i5-540M processor. At least as far as Half Life 2: Episode 2 is concerned, there are some playable frame rates represented here from both systems--but these frame rates are at a resolution (800x600) that is at a far lower setting than most gamers prefer to play. Despite the reinvigorated 3D graphics performance injected into the Core i5, the E205 still lacks the right stuff for any real gaming other than casual games--unless you are willing to make considerable sacrifices to the resolution and the image-quality settings.