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Gigabyte G-Max N203 Laptop Review

Gigabyte G-Max N203 Laptop Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Features and portability are this 1.6GHz Centrino-based laptop's primary strengths, but it can also hold its own in the office computing.
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Filed under: Notebooks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Mar 14 2005   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Notebooks > Gigabyte GMAX N203

Benchmarks: Winbench 99, BatteryMark, Sandra

Winbench 99 Source: Zdnet

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP systems.

WinBench 99
Business Disk WinMark: Points Ranking
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 3080
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 4070
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 5630
High-End Disk WinMark: Points Ranking
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 20400
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 12800
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 18600
Business Graphics WinMark: Points Ranking
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 845
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 303
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 321
High-End Graphics WinMark: Points Ranking
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 1580
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 909
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 1030

Interesting results here. The G-Max N203 cleans up in the business disk test, and competes impressively with the slightly faster G-Max N512 in the high end disk benchmark. The Gigabyte G-Max N512 predictably takes the graphics benchmarks, as its Radeon Mobile chipset far outclasses the Intel Extreme 2 solution found within the N203 and the Sony laptops. The Gigabyte N203's faster 'Dothan' processor allows it to pull ahead of the VAIO for second place though.

BatteryMark 4.0.1 Source: Ziff-Davis

BatteryMark 4.0.1 tests the lifespan of a laptop's battery by cycling through a battery of tests designed to stress the processor, disk and graphics subsystems. The benchmark indicates, in hours, minutes and seconds, how long a laptop's battery can be expected to last with moderate to intense usage at full brightness.

BatteryMark 4.0.1
BatteryMark 4.0.1 Battery life (min) Ranking
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 233
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 167

The tiny Sony VAIO T140 considerably outlasts the G-Max N203, as you might expect given its ultra-low voltage Pentium M processor. On the bright side, we were easily able to finish an average length (1.5 hour) DVD with 15% of battery capacity left at full brightness on the G-Max N203. This might not be the ideal machine for viewing the extended Lord of the Rings trilogy on the road, but few are.

SiSoft Sandra 2004 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher numbers represent better performance.
Sisoft Sandra 2004 Benchmark Results
Multimedia Benchmark CPU Benchmark Memory Benchmark
Processors Integer SSE2: Floating-Point SSE2: Dhrystone SSE2: Whetstone SSE2: Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 16153 17834 7320 2361 FPU / 3022 SSE2 2282 2270
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 10381 11501 4464

1503 FPU /
1939 SSE2

2022 2020
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 15229 16878 6546

2205 FPU /
2840 SSE2

2189 2187

Units:

it/s it/s MIPS MFLOPS MB/s MB/s

Very little performance difference between the 1.6GHz Pentium M in the G-Max N203 and the slightly faster 1.7M in the g-Max N512. Excellent performance numbers from the N203 notebooke here, backing up our observations about its overall processing power.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GMAX N203
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte G-Max N203 Laptop Review
 Pg 2.  Physical Dimensions and ports
 Pg 3.  First impressions and upgrading
 Pg 4.  Testing and benchmarks
 Pg 5.  — Benchmarks: Winbench 99, BatteryMark, Sandra
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Super PI, PCMark 02, PCMark 04
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001, 3DMark 03, Aquamark
 Pg 8.  Unreal Tournament 2003, conclusions

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