Performance and Benchmarks
The U45JC-A1 has a good amount of power. Its Core i3 dual-core processor features Hyper-Threading technology, which boosts performance by allowing the processor to process more things simultaneously and improves its multitasking capability. 4GB of RAM is plenty for running modern applications. Its 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, while large, held back performance; a 7200RPM drive would fare better. Last but not least, the Nvidia G310M graphics are good enough to handle some modern games though as the benchmarks will show, this is clearly not a gaming notebook.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (high scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark Vantage measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark is only a synthetic benchmark and not necessarily an indicator of actual gaming performance. I ran Mass Effect 2 on the U45JC and it did not go well; for reference, 30 frames per second (FPS) is considered the minimum required for a smooth gaming experience — below that and it starts to look like a slideshow.
The U45JC’s GeForce G310M graphics simply can’t keep up with the graphical demands of this game, even with the settings lowered to medium. It is capable of running older games like Counter-Stike: Source and some newer games like StarCraft II; however buying this machine primarily for gaming would be a mistake.