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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M Review featuring Alienware M17x R3 Laptop

by Stuart Davidson - 22nd July 2011
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Alienware M17x R3 (3D Vision) Gaming Laptop Review

CPU Performance - Photoshop CS5 64-bit / Cinebench R11.5 64-bit (Turbo Mode)

Most people are tired of running 3DMark and PCMark and similar benchmarks, while these are visually attractive benchmarks they are not in many cases indicative of real world situations, this is not the case with Photoshop. This is a real world application with a myriad of uses appealing to all users from digital photographers to budding graphic designers. It is also a wonderful test of all round system performance, specifically memory bandwidth and CPU processing power. For full information and links to download this bench for yourself and to compare scores with other HardwareHeaven members, head over HERE.

We are using Photoshop CS5 64-bit for this testing.

  Alienware M17x R3 MSI P67A-GD65
1: Texturiser (I): 1.1 0.6
2: CYMK Colour Conversion: 0.9 0.8
3: RGB Colour Conversion: 1.3 0.8
4: Ink Outlines: 17.2 13.8
5: Dust and Scratches: 1.5 1.3
6: Watercolour: 16.9 13.5
7: Texturiser (II): 1.0 0.7
8: Stained Glass: 9.9 8.1
9: Lighting: 1.7 1.2
10: Mosaic: 8.1 6.5
11: Extrude: 52.9 41.8
12: Smart Blur: 47.4 37.4
13: Underpainting: 19.5 15.7
14: Palette: 16.6 13.2
15: Sponge: 24.2 19.5
Total 220.2 174.9

Cinebench R11.5 / Turbo Mode

Cinebench has been a personal favourite test of ours for a long time now; it uses methodology comparable to a standard rendering task. It is a great indication of performance a designer can expect when using Cinema4d as the rendering engine is the same. The 64-bit build of the application was used for this test.


In this test the advantages of the higher specification processors available for desktop Sandy Bridge systems are very clear. The M17x, while offering good performance which can be improved by choosing a higher spec CPU during the purchase process, cannot compete on this front however as we will see later, its comparison to existing laptops is much more favourable.
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