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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.
 75% Rating:   
Filed under: Notebooks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Mar 14 2005   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Notebooks > Gigabyte GMAX N203

Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001, 3DMark 03, Aquamark

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, 3DMark 2001 SE continues to provide a good overall system benchmark. 3DMark2001 SE was created in co-operation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001SE:
3DMark2001SE: Points Ranking
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 11779
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 1873
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 2409

As the performance of the G-Max N203 and the Sony VAIO in this older gaming benchmark indicates, the Intel Extreme 2 graphics solution is not an ideal platform for gaming. Not at all. Either laptop should be able to play older games like Half-life, Rainbow Six, etc. tolerably though. The G-Max N512's Radeon mobility chipset is vastly superior...

3DMark03 Source: FutureMark

3DMark 2005 would not run on either the Gigabyte G-Max N203 or the Sony VAIO T-140, so we used their older DirectX 9 benchmark to test high-end gaming performance. Even then, neither machine would complete the DirectX 9 portion of this test.

3DMark2003:
3DMark03: Points Ranking
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 3033
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 90
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 115

More of the same here. Owners of either the Gigabyte G-Max N203 or the Sony VAIO T140 should save themselves the pain of trying to play any 3D game made after 2002. This really underscores the point of choosing notebooks with a ATI Rage Mobility or nVidia Geforce-Go video chipset.

AquaMark3 Source: Massive Development

AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of computer systems. Because the benchmark extensively utilizes DirectX9, DirectX8 and DirectX7 functionality, it represents the requirements of typical gaming applications in 2003 and 2004.

AquaMark3
1024x768 GFX Score Ranking
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 2925
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 243
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 339
1024x768 Processor score Ranking
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 8611
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 5971
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 7812
1024x768 Overall Score Ranking
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 25003
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P 2376
Gigabyte G-MAX N203 3315

The results here indicate that 3D games published in 2003 are likely to be a bit much for the G-Max N203 to handle. Minesweeper anyone? Ok, we need to restate that the Gigabyte G-Max N203 is not intended as a gaming notebook. Office applications yes, 3D games no.

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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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