The VAIO F Series breaks away from Sony's usual guise to give us a rig that is ultra-capable and suave

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Sony VAIO VPCF116FG Sony's VAIO F Series is a suave desktop replacement
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  November 4, 2010

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Key Specs

Display adapter: nVidia GeForce GT 330M
Display screen: 16.4-inch
Internal storage: 500GB
Memory: 4GB DDR3
Motherboard: Intel PM55

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Sony's VAIO F Series VPCF116FG threw us a curve ball right from the off because it simply broke with tradition.

While we've always found that Sony's VAIOs have boasted distinctive exteriors the VPCF116FG is actually quite plain as far as looks and design are concerned. It's a suave machine but in this round up it seems almost bland, the only characteristic that stuck with us was its ‘Premium Black' colour finish.

Beyond its looks the notebook has plenty to offer. Like the HP and Toshiba desktop replacements in this grouptest the VAIO F packs a quad-core mobile processor and uses Intel's PM55 core-logic chipset. Memory-wise the Sony falls behind its competitors in that it only offers 4GB of DDR3 memory. The Sony's trump card, at least over HP's Pavilion dv8, is that it packs a powerful nVidia GeForce GT 330M GPU with 1GB of dedicated memory.

Putting the machine through our benchmark gauntlet the GPU made its presence felt; it pushed the notebook to framerate figures of 51fps and 16fps in Street Fighter IV and World in Conflict. The former score is the second highest we recorded in this grouptest, whilst the latter is just 1fps slower than the 17fps posted by the slightly more expensive Acer Aspire 8943G. On the application front however the notebook faltered, it fell behind the HP and Toshiba notebooks overall in our PCMark Vantage benchmark test.

Verdict: Thanks to its GPU the VAIO F offers decent gaming punch at a competitive price. It’s also covered by a two-year warranty.

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