Quake 4 and Call of Duty 2
We are now going to take a look at the XPS M1710 with the Core 2 Duo in some real game situations. We tested with Call of Duty 2 and Quake 4 at various screen resolutions to show you the effect of the CPU as the resolution increases.
Quake 4 shows some pretty good improvement in performance with an extra 20 FPS at 1024×768 and 10 FPS at 1600×1200. If I were to use higher details, the improvements will be less.
With the Merom T7400 installed in the XPS M1710, we get a whopping 8 FPS improvement in Call of Duty and more importantly an improved minimum frame rate of 41 FPS. Call of Duty 2 and the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS clearly loves the faster CPU at lower resolutions.
However as we increase our screen resolution, we see the differences between the two CPUs drop off. Since not many of you will be playing Call of Duty at 640×480 (especially on this laptop!), I don’t think upgrading to a Core 2 Duo will do much for your games.
*Correction: Chart legend contains a typographical error. The T2600 on the Dell M1710 is a Core Duo CPU, not a “Core 2 Duo”.