Synthetic Graphics Performance with 3DMark

When we get into our battery of 3DMark tests is where we're going to start seeing how the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 stacks up against its predecessors along with the other entry-level chips on the market, as well as Intel's own HD integrated graphics. The 5470 Dell outfitted our Studio 14 with is a best-case scenario for the chip, running its 80 stream processors at a 675MHz clock speed and its GDDR3 at an effective 1.6GHz. That speed on the memory is going to be important, too, because the 5470 remains crippled with a 64-bit bus.

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark06

Futuremark 3DMark05

Futuremark 3DMark03

The Mobility Radeon HD 5470 produces a modest improvement over the older 4330, and basically keeps pace with the GeForce 210M and 310M. It has a clear advantage over the integrated graphics parts from both AMD and Intel, but that advantage only seems large in the scale we're operating at here: the 5470 is still worlds away from the next performance class, and as we'll see it's adequate at best for gaming.

General Performance of the Studio 14 Studio 14: Gaming in Practice
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  • bijeshn - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    Thanks for the 'to-the point' review.

    However I would really like to see how the Studio 17 fares in comparison...
  • shamans33 - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    Same here....I'd like to see Studio 15 and Studio 17
  • Dustin Sklavos - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link


    Actually finishing up a review of the Studio 17 right now, but here's where I stand on the issues:

    1. I bought mine a month ago, and love it.

    2. It's a little noisy but it's POWERFUL.

    3. Best speakers I've ever heard on a notebook.
  • Voldenuit - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    Too expensive - this should be $650-700 as configured, not $900.

    Slow GPU.

    Too heavy - should be 4.5 lbs.

    No Blu-ray drive - at $900, it should come with one.

    Low resolution LCD - just because everyone else sucks, doesn't mean Dell should be left off the hook.

    Unexceptional battery life - it's not bad, just "adequate", which sums up the Studio 14 really.

    Agree with the conclusion that it is a thoroughly bland and unremarkable notebook. Where I don't agree is that it is a solid contender. "Don't be the best be like the rest" should be Dell's motto.
  • vol7ron - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

  • seanleeforever - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    with all due respect. no one pays retail price for dell.. what happen to those 20~30% off coupons? and 699 out of 1500 dollar coupons?

    900 retail price nicely translate to 600~700 street price.
  • neothe0ne - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    You can get the Envy 14 with Core i3-370m (probably faster than the i5-430m) and Radeon 5650 + switchable graphics for $1000. Not to mention the Envy's base Intel 6200 wireless is probably leagues better than "Dell" wireless by their own component upgrade pricing. This Studio 14 for $900 is a crap deal.
  • djjazzyjeff - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    The Envy 14 is an overpriced, gratuitously branded piece of crap. Hideous styling, downclocked GPU and abhorrent trackpad make the Envy 14 a non-starter for most.
  • zoxo - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    what's wrong with the style of the Envy14? My only problems with that machine is the lack of matte screen option, and general availability (especially in Europe)
  • neothe0ne - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    You haven't actually configured and used the touchpad, have you?

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