3DMark, FEAR

3DMark is a useful tool in giving a normalized result that could be used to compare different GPUs to each other.

Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook with SLI and RAID - Mobile 78

Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook with SLI and RAID - Mobile 79

In single adapter mode, the CPU scores drags down the m9700 compared to the similarly configured Dell XPS M1710. But once you turn on SLI, the m9700 blows away everything we’ve tested so far.

FEAR

One of the most impressive games of E3 2005 turned out to be one of the most graphically intense as well. 

Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook with SLI and RAID - Mobile 80

Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook with SLI and RAID - Mobile 81

*** Note: we have disabled Soft Shadows in all the below tests despite what the screen indicates above.  And since we were using the retail game this time, I opted to use the in-game “settings test” fly by to compare performance. 

Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook with SLI and RAID - Mobile 82

Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook with SLI and RAID - Mobile 83

At low resolutions, the single GeForce Go 7900 GS 512Mb performs well, but at 1600×1200 you definitely want the extra power of SLI. With SLI enabled, you get 10 more FPS than the Dell XPX M1710 with a GeForce Go 7900 GTX.

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