Asus X83VB-X1 review: Asus X83VB-X1

Helping the Asus X83VB-X1 stand out is its Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics card, with 512MB of video memory. While casual gamers will make use of this budget graphics card, we found that it delivers only a few frames more per second than ATI's most recent integrated graphics chip, the HD3200. The Pavilion dv4-1155se uses ATI HD3200 graphics and turned in 15.6 frames per second on Quake 4 at 1,280x800 resolution (with AA and AF turned off). With the same settings, the Asus X83VB-X1 turned in only 17.4 frames per second. We also ran 3DMark06 on these two systems; the HP scored a 1,569 and the Asus posted a score of 1,837, a 17 percent advantage. Lastly, thanks in large part to its discrete graphics card, the Asus X83VB-X1 does not meet the requirements to be an Energy Star; the Pavilion dv4-1125nr does.

The Asus X83VB-X1 ran for 2 hours, 34 minutes on CNET Labs' battery drain test, which is average for a laptop using a six-cell battery. The Dell and HP used extended cell batteries to achieve their longer running times.

Asus backs the X83VB-X1 with a standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty.

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System configurations:

Asus X83VB-X1 Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Dell Studio 1535-143B Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; Intel GMA X3100; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Gateway MC7801u Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dv4-1155se Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.19GHz AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core ZM-82; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Radeon HD3200; 320GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite U405D-S2874
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core RM-72; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB ATI Radeon 3100; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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