Gateway P-6831FX review: Gateway P-6831FX

The CPU/GPU combination is certainly an odd one, but it's an experiment that largely works if you primarily want to use the Gateway P-6831FX as a gaming rig. Thanks to the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card, we were able to get frame rates close to the $3,000 P-171XL FX in Quake 4 and F.E.A.R. at 1,024x768 (our higher-resolution versions of those tests run at more than the P-6831's 1,440x900 native resolution). In a more recent game, Unreal Tournament III, we were able to get more than 80 frames per second at 1,440x900 by turning antialiasing off.

Our battery testing, using CNET Labs' DVD battery drain test, gave us 1 hour and 55 minutes of battery life, which is pretty impressive for a desktop replacement, which will usually stay tethered to one location. That's also about 20 minutes better than the Gateway P-171XL FX, which has a faster CPU and a higher resolution screen to power.

The system includes an industry-standard one-year warranty with parts-and-labor coverage and return-to-depot service. Gateway offers a 24-7 toll-free technical-support phone line, and the Web site has the usual driver downloads and FAQs, plus options for e-mailing or online chatting with techs.

Multimedia Multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Gateway P-6831FX
1,175 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Gateway P-6831FX
261 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Gateway P-6831FX
250 

Quake 4 performance (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1024x768, HQ, 4xAA, 8X AF  
Gateway P-6831FX
71.1 

F.E.A.R. performance (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1024x768, SS:on, AA:off, 8X AF  
Gateway P-6831FX
97 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Gateway P-6831FX
115 

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Gateway P-6831FX
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5450; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS; 250GB Western Digital 5,400rpm SATA/150


Windows Vista Ultimate Edition; 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS; 200GB(x2) Hitachi (RAID 0) 7,200rpm


Windows Vista Ultimate Edition; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce Go 8600M GT; (2x)160GB Seagate 5,400rpm


Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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    Gateway P-6831FX

    Part Number: P-6831FX Released: Feb 1, 2008
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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Feb 1, 2008
    • Resolution 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
    • Installed Size 3 GB
    • Weight 8.3 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed
    • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS - 512 MB GDDR3 SDRAM
    • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 / 1.67 GHz