I am a gamer and a geek. Maybe not the traditional type of gamer that would be writing a review of this type. I play games like World of Warcraft, Dungeon Siege, Railroad Tycoon and old-school arcade stuff. None of these games require massive system requirements to play. I know for a fact though that World of Warcraft does perform better as do most games when you have higher frame rates and some muscle in the CPU. I was concerned when Ryan approached me to write notebook reviews because I don’t play first-person shooters at all and most of the tests they used for the gaming aspect of the reviews were first-person shooters.
This computer won’t run any of the games we use to test the gaming performance. So now I don’t have to worry about getting motion sickness from playing Half-Life 2 and Call of Duty 2. We attempted to get the games to run and the only one that even did run was HL2. The frame rates were so low it was unplayable. I did try World of Warcraft and the frame rates were under 20 fps. That’s unplayable in my book.
The following graph pretty much explains it all.
In defense of the Toshiba, this computer uses integrated graphics on the Intel chipset and Toshiba isn’t marketing this computer to gamers. The Intel graphics solutions are simply no match for ANY discrete GPU available today and even AMD/ATI’s and NVIDIA’s integrated notebook solutions are far superior.