Gateway P-6860FX review: Gateway P-6860FX

The low-end CPU/high-end GPU combination is an odd one, but it's largely works if you primarily want to use the Gateway P-6860FX as a cheap gaming rig. With the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card, we were able to get frame rates reasonably close to the more expensive P-172, and got more than 60 frames per second in Unreal Tournament III even at the display's maximum resolution. We tested the 64-bit compatible game Crysis on both this system and the older P-6831 model (which has 32-bit Vista), but, as we expected, the difference in performance was negligible.

Our battery testing, using CNET Labs' video battery drain test, gave us 2 hours and 1 minute of battery life, which is fairly impressive for a desktop replacement, as many 17-inch laptops give up well short of the 90-minute mark. Because desktop replacements spend most of their time tethered to a single location, battery life isn't usually a big factor.

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-6860FX
1,211 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Gateway P-6860FX
188 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Gateway P-6860FX
228 

Unreal Tournament 3 (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF  
1,280x800, 4X AA, 8X AF  
Gateway P-172X FX
90.6 
91.2 
Gateway P-6860FX
77.6 
90.3 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Gateway P-6860FX
121 

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Gateway P-6860FX
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5550; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce Go 8800M GTS; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm.

Gateway P-172X FX
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8300; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS; 160GB Seagate 7,200rpm (x2).

Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi4
Windows Vista Home Ultimate Edition; 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB (x2) w/ SLi Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT; 160GB (x2) Hitachi 7,200rpm.

HP Pavilion dv9700t
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm.

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Gateway P-6860FX

Part Number: P-6860FX Released: May 10, 2008
Low Price: $19.99 See all prices

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  • Release date May 10, 2008
  • Resolution 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Weight 9.3 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS - 512 MB GDDR3 SDRAM
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 / 1.83 GHz