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As we used the results of the above-mentioned systems (including ASUS DiGiMatrix)
to compare with U-Buddie, we decided to content ourselves with the
same tests in games. We certainly used the integrated video in all
cases, because an external video card can be installed only to Shuttle
SB51G. Performance of all reviewed systems based on SiS650/651 turned
out the same (accurate within 3%). You can find the comparison of
those SiS chipsets with their competitors in archives of our web site.
We can tell the same about U-Buddie what we already wrote about DiGiMatrix:
with new drivers the performance in games raised considerably (you
can compare with Prodigy), but there appeared problems with maximum
graphics settings. However, the absolute fps values are still far
from optimistic: you can play only in low game modes.
In newer games the situation is even worse, and the 640x480 mode cannot be seriously reviewed in 2004. Nevertheless, note that ECS U-Buddie squeezes everything possible from its integrated video, even outscoring the ASUS model.
Sergei Pikalov (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Dmitry Majorov (email@example.com)
September 13, 2004