Laptop at this caliber is not meant for gamers. Knowing this before hand may save the disappointment later on. Therefore, I strongly remind you not to make comparison and if you must, compare the video performance with onboard video alike. However, if you are the type who tweak and overclock everything
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The MT3705 is meant for office work and school other than video/photography and Cad design majors. Likely all sub one thousand dollars laptop are very similar. Having said that, let's take a look how it performs.
1 GB PC4200
- Super PI 1M
- 3DMark 01, 03, 06
- 1 GB versus 2 GB system memory
- Sandra HDD performance
- Sandra Multi Core efficiency
- DVD ripping & burning
2 GB PC5300
Without the expectation, your disappointment does not exist here. It will do fine with office application, DVD movie and photo work. (~2500 3DMark2001SE allows for a PC to play through Max Payne
, the 2001 game, at 1024x768 maximum in-game detail).
SuperPi is not too bad in comparison to mid-range desktop of today.
There is a slight gain in performance from PC4200 to PC5300 asynch to FSB. Nevertheless, Vista operates much more "smoothly" with 2GB system memory. The single channel memory certainly does not help much.Sisoftware Sandra Windows Experience Index Processor 4.5
Memory 4.2 (increase to 4.3 with 2GB)
Gaming graphics 3.0
Primary Hard Disk 4.0
Knowing the 4200 rpm HDD is aimed at lower battery consumption with Sandra reporting only 24 Mb/s; SATA and 5400 rpm may improve the performance here. The ever slight improvement in memory from 1 to 2GB could very well be of higher latency despite higher speed from 266 to 333 MHz.
It took 19 minutes and 40 seconds to decrypt one of my favorite "The Thomas Crown Affair" DVD movie; only a few minutes slower than my AMD Opteron 165 @2.8 GHz desktop system with much faster HDD.