Our charts show that the combination of more memory and a faster graphics card benefits the Gateway on some tests, while the Dell's faster CPU helps it shine on others. The Dell enjoys a minor edge on our Photoshop and iTunes tests, but the Gateway is close enough so that you won't really notice the difference. However, on multitasking and Cinebench video rendering, tasks that can be particularly processor intensive, the Dell is able to distance itself more.
Similarly, our Unreal Tournament 3 test shows the Gateway LX6810-01 is better for gaming than the Dell XPS 430-1210B, largely because of its more up-to-date graphics card and a substantial 768MB video memory advantage. As a result, the Dell registers 37 frames per second on our 1,280x1,024-pixel resolution test compared with a slightly smoother 43fps for the Gateway. We wouldn't recommend either of these systems for hardcore, high-resolution gaming, but on less demanding games, such as World of Warcraft and the Sims series, the Gateway should provide a bit more playability over time.
Not unlike the Dell, Gateway also backs its LX6910-01 with its standard warranty that covers parts and labor for one year. If you run into problems, you can opt to call a system technician toll-free 24-7 or search for solutions on the Web site, which includes FAQs, driver updates, and product news.
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64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8200; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3650 graphics card; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.
Dell Studio Desktop
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3650; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.
Dell XPS 430-121B
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8300; 6GB DDR3 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 120 Graphics card; 750GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.
HP Pavilion Elite m9402f
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.3GHz AMD Phenom Quad Core X4 9650; 7GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.
HP Pavilion Elite m9500y
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.4GHz AMD Phenom 9750 X4 Quad Core; 8GB DDR2 800MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9500 GS; 750GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.
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