I really like the Futuremark tests and 3DMark03 is my favourite for single core processors. It not only tests the video performance, but also other interesting features like audio performance. Unfortunately it does not take full advantage of multi core processor capabilities.
ScoreFujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1526 (1.66 GHz Core Duo, nVidia 7600Go 256 MB)7,995 3dmarksDell XPS M1710 (2.16 GHz Core Duo, nVidia 7900GTX 512 MB)18,2873dmarksAcer TravelMate 4400 (AMD Turion ML-30 1.6 GHz, ATI Mobility Radeon X700 64 MB)4,348 3dmarksFujitsu Siemens Amilo M1437G (1.73 GHz, ATI Mobility Radeon X700 128 MB)5,555 3dmarksLG LM70 (2.13 GHz Pentium M, ATI Mobility Radeon X600 64 MB)3,011 3dmarks
3dmark05 is the benchmark of choice for notebooks reviewed on Notebookreview.com. A review without this test isn’t a good review! So here are the scores for the Xi 1526.
The score is very good compared to other 7600Go video cards. That is because the memory is not downclocked on the Xi 1526. You would expect more heat in the notebook but the temperatures are still around 66 degrees Celsius at full load, which is pretty good.
ScoreFujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1526 (1.66 Core Duo, nVidia 7600Go 256 MB)3,454 3dmarksDell XPS M1710 (2.16 GHz Core Duo, nVidia 7900 GTX 512MB)8,524 3dmarksApple MacBook Pro (2.0GHz Core Duo, ATI X1600 128MB2,866 3dmarksAlienware M7700 (AMD Athlon FX-60 Nvidia GeForce Go7800 GTX)7,078 3dmarksThinkPad T43 (1.86GHz, ATI X300 64MB graphics)727 3dmarksAsus V6Va (2.13 GHz Pentium M, ATI Radeon Mobility x700 128 MB)2,530 3dmarksFujitsu n6410 (1.66 GHz Core Duo, ATI X1400 128MB)2,273 3dmarksFujitsu Siemens Amilo M1437G (1.73 GHz Pentium M, ATI Mobility Radeon X700 128 MB)2,640 3dmarksAcer TravelMate 8204WLMi (2.0GHz Core Duo, ATI X1600 256MB)4,157 3dmarks
3Dmark06 is a good benchmark tool for this system because it takes full advantage of the dual core processor. I was very impressed with the score the 1526 received. I have seen a few reviews of the 7600 Go and their scores were all around 1800 3Dmarks. That makes this score very impressive, also if we realise that this notebook is configured with just 1 GB and a T2300E.
You ask yourself what the error means under the score. Actually, I do not know, it says that the drivers are not approved but the drivers are officially from Fujitsu Siemens.
ScoreFujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1526 (1.66 Core Duo, nVidia 7600Go 256 MB)2,144 3dmarksDell XPS M1710 (2.16 GHz Core Duo, nVidia 7900 GTX 512MB)4,744 3dmarksApple MacBook Pro (2.0GHz Core Duo, ATI X1600 128MB1,528 3dmarksSony Vaio SZ-110B in Speed Mode (Using Nvidia GeForce Go 7400)794 3dmarksAlienware M7700 (AMD Athlon FX-60 Nvidia GeForce Go7800GTX)4,085 3dmarks Asus A6J (1.83GHz Core Duo, ATI X1600 128MB)1,819 3dmarks
PCMark tests your notebook for general performance. The test ran great on the notebook and the score is nice. This notebook is ideal for office applications and other multimedia applications.
HD Tune is a program that tests your hard drive performance. When running this test the hard drives were configured in RAID 0. Here is the result.
The Elder Scrolls had released Oblivion in 2006. I still think that it is one of the best RPG’s ever. The downside of this game is that you need a very expensive system to run it at high settings. Here are my impressions of playing Oblivion on the Xi 1526.
Cheydinhall (view large image)
Boat (view large image)
Guard (view large image)
Kvatch guard (view large image)
Light tower (view large image)
Skingard (view large image)
Great temple (view large image)
Temple (view large image)
Cheydinhall temple (view large image)
Sneaking (view large image)
I travelled around the whole of Cyrodill to make the best pictures for the review. As you can see the screenshots are very impressive. The system was running Oblivion very well.
Here are the settings I played with. *Note: I also forced 8x AF trough Forceware drivers. AF is wonderful for this game. The screenshot of the light tower explain this.*
Without 8x AFWith 8x AF
The game ran nicely with these settings. The load times were especially great and that is due the two hard drives that run in RAID 0. You might find it strange why I have no grass distance on. The reason therefore is that with grass your fps drops significantly. Here are a few screenshots that explain this.
Without grass (0%)With grass (100%)
You can see that full grass distance drops your fps from 20 to 7. I do not find grass a very important feature so that’s the reason I did not enable it. AF however really impacts the looks of the game. Check the stones on the light tower, there is much more detail thanks to AF.
Conclusion: game runs good on native resolution with high settings, 2x AA and 8x AF and Bloom enabled. I could not update the drivers, but I am confident that with the latest drivers the frame rates would be much higher. Indoor I had always above 20 fps, in caves and dungeons around 30 fps, outside around 15-20 fps and in combat around 15 fps.
But like I said before, updating drivers should have given better performance for sure.
Battlefield 2 was very popular and a great LAN-game. Battlefield 2142 is the successor of BF2. I ran this benchmark for FPS-fans.
BF 2142 Stats (view large image)
I used a fix to play it at 1440*900 so 1152*864 is not correct.
The game ran well at these settings, but I had some lag during several flights. The frame rates were always above 25 fps which is pretty playable. You might want to lower the settings for to play it more smoothly.
Battlefield is known for its long loading times, but running the hard drives in RAID 0 really helped a lot. Load times were almost 1.5 times faster then my ordinary 80 GB in my M1437G. As stated before, updating drivers would lead to a boost in fps. Here are some screenshots of the game.
Half Life 2:
This game is a real classic and the engine is the same as Counterstrike (this means that the performance of HL2 and CS is comparable). Here is a screen of the settings I played with.
The game played perfectly, I had no lag at all and the fps was higher then 50 fps all the time. Here are some screenshots I took while playing in the first 2 levels.
This game is just beautiful to play at these settings. The Source Engine gives great support for widescreen computers, so playing on a widescreen notebook is wonderful.
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