nVidia GeForce 9100MG Benchmark : A Reality Check
Base on previous review (you can read here) for Acer Aspire 4530 which pre-equipped with GeForce 9100MG, we know that 9100MG score 1415 for 3dMark06 and 3393 for 3Dmark03. But, how good/bad this number mean.
Obviously, for benchmark freak, they will recognize how good this integrated chipset will perform since they have ‘built-in benchmark database’ in their head. But, how about the rest of us. So, a quick check to numeruos website need to be done, to get a rough idea what that number mean.
Acer 4350 score 1415 for 3dmark06
Acer 4530 score 3393 for 3dmark03
Desktop VGA Chart at Tomshardware.com :
3DMark06 (v1.0.2) SM2.0 Score
SM2.0 Benchmark (1024x768x32, no AA, Trilinear Filtering, Default Q)
This notebook (Acer Aspire 4530 with AMD Turion X2 with GeForce 9100M G) score 1415, which is almost as good as dedicated ATi X1650 XT with desktop CPU. In my perspective this figure is really good when we consider 9100M G is integrated chipset for budget notebook. But bear in mind, Tomshardware result is based on 1024×768 resolution setting while this notebook benchmark was done using its native resolution which is 1280×800). Other setting should be remain the same (default setting).
Xtreview.com (3Dmark06 result for 3 desktop VGA Cards)
Again, with 1415 score, 9100M G perform better than Radeon HD 2400 XT (budget dedicated 3D card for desktop) and almost close to GeForce 8400 GS (budget dedicated 3D card for desktop too) score. This result still able to impress me as Radeon 2000 and GeForce 8000 series could be considered as recent discrete 3D card for desktop environment.
Here is an interesting comparision. All notebook here use GeForce Go 7400 which is dedicated / discrete 3D chip for notebook. Released by nVidia too. At their prime time (around 2 years ago), this chip is pretty powerfull to handle 3D application and game. I still remember, my youngest brother, bought Dell XPS M1310 which use GeForce 7400 Go. This notebook cost him RM4500.00. Around USD1300.00. He could play Need For Speed Most Wanted using that notebook (decent graphic setting), even my old rig, Athlon 2500+ & Radeon 9600XT strugle to play that game at medium-high setting. I was a bit shock to see a notebook could play that game without any significant lag.
However, 9100M G score better than GeForce 7400 Go. Almost double. Either 3dmark03 (3393 vs 1702) or 3dmark06(1200 vs 400). Impresive huh. Let see, how good this new integrated chip vs his brother, GeForce 8400M G. For the record, base on my experience, for dell notebook, I need to add RM290 to upgrade from X3100 to GeForce 8400M G.
GeForce 8400M G score 2597 for 3dmark03 while 9100M score 1200 flat. Note that, to achieve this score, ASMobile use T7700 processor which has 4x L2 cache compare to 4350 AMD Turion X2. But still, GeForce 9100M G win. Same goes to 3Dmark06. Acer 4530 with 9100M G beat every single notebook in the list above except F3SC which use T7500 Intel C2D CPU. Imagine how expensive this notebook will be. Totally not a budget CPU. That is for sure.
Compare to Ati Mobility Radeon 8400, the score is about the same. 3120 for 3dmark03 and 1328 for 3dmark06. 9100 win slightly for 3dmark03 but 2400 beat 9100 128 points.
nVidia 9100M G = 8400M G (discrete graphic from nVidia for notebook, usually need to add extra RM300 for this option) = Ati Radeon Mobility 2400 (direct competitor to 8400). So, basically, this notebook will perform as good as Intel or AMD base notebook which pre-equipped with dedicated discrete low end graphics chip such as GeForce 8400 or Radeon 2400 Mobility. Pretty good deal heh…espcially for sub RM2000 notebook J