Gaming Performance - Unreal Tournament 2003

Unreal Tournament 2003 Performance
800x600x32
Desktop Pentium 4 (2.4GHz GF4 Ti 4200)

Dell D800 (1.6GHz GF4 4200 Go)

Desktop Pentium 4 (2.4GHz Radeon 9000 Pro)

IBM T40p (1.6GHz Mobility FireGL 9000)

162.2

147

112.4

97.3

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0
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32
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65
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97
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130
|
162
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195

The performance numbers of Unreal Tournament 2003 at 800x600x32 are indicative of all the 3D benchmark numbers we will see in this review. In general, the following tend holds true:

Desktop GeForce4 Ti 4200 > GeForce4 4200 Go > ATI Radeon 9000 Pro > ATI FireGL 9000

This is because the fact that the mobile chips are clocked lower than their desktop counterparts.

We should note that the FireGL 9000 is the only workstation class mobile video solution compared in these benchmarks and should provide greater 3D application performance and support.

Unreal Tournament 2003 Performance
1024x768x32
Desktop Pentium 4 (2.4GHz GF4 Ti 4200)

Dell D800 (1.6GHz GF4 4200 Go)

Desktop Pentium 4 (2.4GHz Radeon 9000 Pro)

IBM T40p (1.6GHz Mobility FireGL 9000)

130.7

100.2

74.5

63.1

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0
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26
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52
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78
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105
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131
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157

The trend continues. As we noted in our GeForce4 4200 Go review, the latest NVIDIA mobile graphics chip is a power house but also power hungry. When it comes to mobile gaming performance, nothing out today can touch the processor. That all may change sometime in the near future.

Unreal Tournament 2003 Performance
1280x960x32
Desktop Pentium 4 (2.4GHz GF4 Ti 4200)

Dell D800 (1.6GHz GF4 4200 Go)

Desktop Pentium 4 (2.4GHz Radeon 9000 Pro)

IBM T40p (1.6GHz Mobility FireGL 9000)

90.1

64.7

47.7

40.7

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0
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18
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36
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54
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72
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90
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108

The same situation exists at 1280x960x32. The IBM T40p continues to find its way to the bottom of the graph by being outperformed by the GeForce4 4200 Go by an amazing 60%. It is nice to see that at 1280x960x32 the GeForce4 4200 Go provides playable frame rates in today's most demanding game: Unreal Tournament 2003.

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  • builda - Thursday, February 02, 2006 - link

    There appears to be a wide spread fault with the Gigabyte NB-1401 model notebook, where it reports having system disk errors or cannot find the hard disk. We have 7 of this model notebook and now 6 of them have reported the same problem. After running chkdsk to temporarily repair the errors that had been caused on the harddisk I found the problem returned the escalated to the point the harddisk could not be found. I further checked using Hitachi drive fitness testing tool which reported a cable error on each machine. Originally I returned 3 of these for repair as they were just outside the warranty period and the supplier checked with Gigabyte with the fix being to rub the cable all over with an eraser!! This worked for a short period but the problem has returned a couple of months later and has spread (like a virus) it now affects 6 out of the 7 notebooks. The supplier has just gone into administration and my next step is to approach Gigabyte who's support service has been found to be extremely unresponsive in the recent past. Reply
  • dbiberdorf - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - link

    I beg to differ with the reviewer. The keyboard on this unit is mediocre, and the track stick buttons are an abomination. They sit too low in the case and have too much travel. It makes my thumbs hurt after a while, and I often have to press them with a finger to get them to activate fully.

    The most powerful notebook in the world loses big points in my book if they built-in keyboard and pointing devices are weak. Certainly it's the case here. Dell, please figure out how to buy good keyboards for your machines!

    Finally, the power adapter, while featuring convienent wrap-around cabling, is phenomenally large. My cordless phone at home is smaller. With the large profile of the machine, the adapter has to go in a side pocket of the carrying case, adding a little more bulge to your day.
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  • visibilityunlimited - Thursday, October 30, 2003 - link

    Screen resolution beyond SXGA+ would be unreadable using Windows for example while being more readable using Linux.

    Both the Linux text console and graphics mode X-windows-system screen drivers can be fully customized to display text at any resolution. The text characters could easily be displayed with current software at 1200dpi or more (if only the graphics processors and monitors could operate at that speed) and still retain the current character size. Text can currently be generated from vector based Type I and TrueType fonts for rasterizing at any resolution. Image scaling is a different and very easy problem.

    The Windows OS is the real culprit holding back general usage of higher resolutions and typeset quality displays because of the OS being handicapped by the inertia of antique display modes. Darn. I want 3200x2400 or more!
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