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Benchmark Results: Gaming Performance

Touchscreen Computing: Gateway ZX4931 And HP TouchSmart 310
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When it comes to integrated gaming, AMD's Brazos platform still impresses. Gateway's ZX4931 relies on Intel GMA X4500HD, which can't even generate a score in 3DMark or Left 4 Dead 2. On the all-in-one PCs, we experienced nothing but crashes.

CPU and GPU performance both have a strong influence on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. The Radeon HD 4270 (TouchSmart 310) can't outperform AMD's Radeon HD 6310 (ASRock E350M1) alone, but it can once you pair it with a  more powerful Athlon II X2 245e.

Gateway's ZX4931 is in a different boat. A decent CPU, such as Intel's Pentium E5800, cannot make up for the performance of a poor graphics engine like the GMA X4500HD.

Of course, World of Warcraft tends to be a special case where you need balanced CPU and GPU performance. Similar to Left 4 Dead 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is more sensitive to GPU performance. With that said, you're going to get better performance out of a Brazos-based system.

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    aje21 , 13 June 2011 20:04
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    Our ideal all-in-one should be able to double as an HTPC

    Really, I can't think of two roles further apart in "specific for the home market" computer design. I can't see you putting an all-in-one under the TV in the lounge - for me an HTPC needs to have a much smaller display (e.g. VFD) and traditional "Hi-Fi" shape. What I can see is the role of a touch-screen to remote control an HTPC, but I don't really want an all-in-one sat on my lap while I check TV listings! Surely a role for a tablet?