We have expanded the benchmark suite to include the game Farcry. "What took you so long?" many will ask. The simple answer to this question is that until now it hardly made sense to test notebooks with this game. This is because the graphics performance of the average notebook is simply too poor.
|Benchmarks & Settings|
|Sysmark 2002||Version 1.0|
|Quake III Team Arena||THG3.dem, command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail = High Quality|
|Halo Ver. 188.8.131.521 /Combat Evolved||Timedemo Pixelshader 2.0 Settings|
|UT2003 Ver.2225||Antalus Flyby Demo/Inferno Demo|
|Splintercell EMEA||1_1_1 Tibilis Demo|
|Farcry||Patch 1.1 Video Option: Very High XGA-32Bit, Demo: cooler01|
|Driver & Software|
|Graphics Driver||Mobility RADEON 9800 8.01-040421a-015066E-ATI (Inspiron XPS) |
Mobility RADEON 9800 8.013.1-040610a-016169E-Dell (Inspiron 9100)
MOBILITY RADEON 9600 6.14.0010.6378
GeForce FX Go5650 6.14.0010.4482
MOBILITY RADEON 9700 184.108.40.20696
|DirectX||Version: 9.0b (4.09.0000.0902)|
|OS||Windows XP Pro, Build 2600 SP1 (2600.xpsp2.030422-1633)|
Note that different drivers were used for the test on the two test systems. The driver on the Inspiron XPS showed better performance. According to Dell, the driver on the Inspiron 9100, whose driver core corresponds to the shipping driver, also has several performance problems when it comes to OpenGL applications. At least, this is what our results under Quake 3 Arena show. For this reason, we decided to test the XPS with the driver provided us by ATi.
We informed Dell of these driver problems and they are working on eliminating the driver bug that occurs in interaction with OpenGL applications.