Pitting the Toshiba QOSMIO F60 with a suitable notebook to compare against was an uphill task, but we do have a previous review of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 to fall back on. Bear in mind both units are using different hardware altogether, with the F60 using an Intel Core i5-560M while the Y560 uses a quad-core Intel i7-740QM and the Lenovo equipped with more powerful discrete graphics compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M that the F60 sports. The F60 does have twice the RAM of the Y560 at 8GB though, so let's see how all this holds up in our benchmarks.
|Specifications / Notebook||Toshiba QOSMIO F60||Lenovo IdeaPad Y560||Lenovo IdeaPad Y550P|
Intel Core i5-560M
|Intel Core i7-740QM
(1.73GHz, quad-core with 6MB L2 cache)
|Intel Core i7-720QM
(1.60GHz, quad-core with 6MB L2 cache)
|Chipset||Intel HM55||Intel HM55||Intel HM55|
|Memory||8GB DDR3||4GB DDR3||4GB DDR3|
|HDD||500GB SATA (5400 RPM)||750GB SATA (5400 RPM)||500GB SATA (5400 RPM)|
|Video||NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730||NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M|
In our PCMark Vantage test, the F60 basically outclasses the Y560 with a surprisingly high score of 7046 PCMarks. This is most likely due to the higher clock and Turbo Boost speed of the Intel Core i5 processor that the F60 has. In more demanding multi-threaded applications though, expect the Y560 to perform better thanks to its quad processing cores.
We've seen the very strong 3D gaming performance from the Y560, so it's no surprise to see the F60 struggle to catch up. It's still using the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 330M discrete graphics, which is a pretty average graphics engine, but you'll still be able to get some decent gaming based on the 3DMark06 results. Let's see how it does in Far Cry 2 though.
Far Cry 2
In Far Cry 2, the QOSMIO F60 achieved 26.02fps on Very High settings at a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, while reaching 42.23fps on Medium settings at the same resolution. Which means if you're looking to play this intensive game, you're better off sticking to the tamer Medium settings, thought Very High might still be playable somewhat. It's not numbers that we would drop our jaw at, but it comes off as pretty average for a entry to mid-level discrete graphics engine.
You will still be able to play plenty of games at mid-level detail settings seeing that the maximum screen resolution for the display is just 1366 x 768 pixels, so you can't really scale much higher resolutions than what we've tested here. However high graphics details, anti-aliasing settings are something you'll likely have to forego with this machine.