On-Battery Gaming Performance
In Borderlands 2, we were able to get an average frame rate of 23 FPS with a minimum of 8 FPS and a maximum of 33 FPS. We would consider our experience mostly playable and satisfactory to the point where we did not find it necessary to dial down the settings any further. In Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the laptop was able to get a more playable average of 31 FPS with a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 34 FPS. Playing CS:GO on this laptop was probably the most enjoyable FPS experience because the game is best designed for lower resolutions and it did not feel much different from our more powerful desktop systems. Albeit, playing any FPS is still quite difficult on an 11 inch screen, however, the biggest obstacle was not the laptop but actually the lack of a good mouse pad for the Transformers Razer Deathadder mouse we used. In Civilization 5, it was more of the same, with the game reporting 23 FPS average and a maximum FPS of 34. Interestingly, the game reported a minimum FPS of 0 but it never once seemed slow or laggy, so that appears to be a FRAPS bug. This game is an RTS and as a result felt the smoothest since it also had the lowest graphical load on the computer.Plugged-in AC Gaming Performance
In Borderlands 2, the game average FPS bumped up a whole 30% and minimum FPS 100% since the GPU and CPU were no longer downclocking for battery life. On average, it got 30 FPS with a minimum of 16 FPS and a maximum of 32 FPS. In Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the difference was barely noticeable with the average staying at 31 FPS but the minimum going up to 17 FPS and the maximum remaining at 33. In Civilization 5 we saw a significant improvement in the average frame rate going from 23 FPS up to 31 FPS, over a 30% improvement in performance.
Please do note that none of these three games are currently supported by LucidLogix’s HyperFormance feature inside of their Virtu MVP GPU virtualization software. As a result, other games may actually see even better performance than the games that we chose.Lucidlogix Virtu MVP with HyperFormance
In order to show you how much of a difference that Lucid’s Virtu MVP software can make, we decided to run Futuremark’s 3DMark11 graphical test on the Performance setting. We did this with both HyperFormance on and HyperFormance off. HyperFormance
is Lucid’s way of tweaking some graphical settings and combining the performance of the integrated GPU and dedicated GPU.
With HyperFormance turned off in 3DMark11, under the performance setting, the laptop put up a score of 2449. By simply flipping on HyperFormance, the score was boosted to 2993. This represents a boost of 22% from using HyperFormance which is effectively 22% more performance for free without any noticeable penalties to visual quality.Battery Life
For our battery life tests, we were able to determine that the approximate battery life of the laptop was 2 hours under normal workloads. In order to accurately measure this, we have utilized the best battery life measurement tool known to us, Futuremark’s PowerMark. Under our PowerMark tests, we were able to determine that the battery life of the laptop under a balanced load on the OriginPC power profile was one hour and fifty seven minutes, three minutes short of two hours.
Note that this measurement was achieved with a 62 work hour battery (5600mAh battery).
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