Introduction

We recently looked at NVIDIA’s new high end graphics solution, and this week, we will take a peek under the hood of the new Travelmate 8100 notebook from Acer with the Mobility Radeon X700. The mid-range ATI solution is a translation of the desktop X700 to the mobile space with its eight pixel and six vertex pipelines. The MRX700 is also combined with its familiar 128-bit memory bus. The core and memory clock speeds are set by the manufacturer based on TDP, and the clock speeds of this particular MRX700 are 350/300 core/mem. ATI’s maximum rated core and memory clock speeds are 350/350.  

We are continuing to try to get our hands on an Alviso chipset test platform in order to do some real analysis of notebook performance and to test graphics cards in equivalent systems. This review, like our last review in Intel’s latest mobile platform, will compare the mobile part to its desktop counterpart in a high end desktop system. Comparing a graphics solution running on a 2.0GHz Dothan to one powered by a higher performance chip is not ideal, but it does give us a clear picture of how far notebook designers are able to push performance when compared to a situation with no major thermal or spatial  design restrictions.

The Acer Travelmate 8100 is a mainstream notebook aimed at getting the most performance possible without sacrificing mobility. Unlike the DTR space, the goal of this platform is not to pack all the power of the desktop into a smaller, all-in-one package. The Acer Travelmate 8100 is aimed towards the high end in mobile performance for the business or home user (offering the 1.83 and 2.0 GHz Dothan options) while offering enough graphics power to satisfy the average gamer. In mid-range mobile graphics, the MRX700 is certainly a step up from what we are used to seeing, but for the hardcore gamers who want nothing but the latest and greatest in graphics power and mobility (while sacrificing battery life and one’s back muscles), the DTR segment offers much more graphics power at this point.

The Acer Travelmate 8100 And The Test
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  • Hikari - Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - link

    This is something like 2x as fast as the 9700 mobility, get real. It is pretty much the equivalent of a 9700 pro desktop part, however. Reply
  • randomman - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - link

    I realize that it would not be an exact comparison, but could you add some old benchies from the 9700 Mobility and 9800 M. This would give a better point of comparison than just against a desktop sys.
    Also are there any things available talking about the differences in power optimizations between the old 9700 and the X700?
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  • Guspaz - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - link

    Is there much point to the review of of a notebook graphics chip that has NO comparison to any other mobile graphics chips?

    Personally I find the benchmarks in this review totally useless.
    Reply
  • Jep4444 - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - link

    the big selling feature of this over the mobile 9700 is that it provides better battery life, it is also a more powerful chip than the mobile 9700 Reply
  • onix - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - link

    How do we think graphics chip on this computer will compare to the Thinkpad T43p's ATI Mobility FIRE GL V3200 (128 MB)? Reply
  • bobsmith1492 - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - link

    Yeah, I play Doom 3 on medium, 1280x1024; runs pretty well. Same processor too; P-M, but with regular DDR, OCd to 2.125. Reply
  • trikster2 - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - link

    #6

    This is the same as the 9700 mobility????

    Blech.

    This is what we have been waiting for?

    Reply
  • arfan - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - link

    where is the pictures? Reply
  • bobsmith1492 - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - link

    So, basically this performs about the same as my 9700 mobility. Yay. Reply
  • L3p3rM355i4h - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - link

    ho hum...how much does this thing weigh? Surely not as much as that brick XPS. Reply

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