Bundled Software and Performance

The same custom desktop theme from the gaming FX desktop makes an appearance on the SX system. As for preloaded software, Gateway unfortunately bogs down the system with too much unnecessary baggage. The few bundled titles that I would consider useful include CyberLink PowerDVD 9, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 trial and Nero 9 Essentials.

Other less desirable software includes eBay Worldwide, Gateway Games, Google Toolbar, Norton Internet Security, Norton Online Backup and a Netflix shortcut. Your opinion on these may vary, of course. Gateway's software tools include Photo Frame, Recovery Management, Registration, ScreenSaver, Updater, Welcome Center and Identity Card.

Below we have included some reference benchmark results from the several tests that were run on the SX2311-03 to give you an idea of how its processor, graphics system, hard drive and memory system perform under load.

Gateway SX 2311-03 System Specs


  • AMD Phenom II X4 820 (2.8GHz, 6MB L2 cache)
  • x2 2GB DDR3 (4GB total)
  • Gateway motherboard with Nvidia GeForce 9200 chipset
  • Integrated Nvidia GeForce 9200
  • 1TB SATA hard drive (Western Digital Caviar GreenPower 5400 RPM)
  • 220W Power Supply
  • 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive


  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Benchmark Results
3DMark 06 (1280 x 1024)  
3DMark Score 1331 3DMarks
CPU Score 3946
PCMark Vantage (1024 x 768)  
PCMark Score 5538 PCMarks
Memories Suite 2944
TV and Movies Suite 4216
Gaming Suite 3099
Music Suite 5669
Communications Suite 5479
Productivity Suite 5504
HDD Test Suite 3680
Super PI Mod 1.5  
1M test 0m 24.850 sec
4M test 2m 17.935 sec
Sandra processor arithmetic  
Agregate arithmetic performance 37.6 GOPS
Dhrystone ALU 42.72 GIPS
Whetstone iSSE3 32.5 GFLOPS
Sandra processor multimedia  
Aggregate multimedia performance 105 MPixel/s
Multimedia Integer x16 iSSE2 131 MPixel/s
Multimedia Float x8 iSSE2 79 MPixel/s
Multimedia Double x4 iSSE2 43.41 MPixel/s
Sandra memory bandwidth  
Aggregate Memory Performance 11.26 GB/s
Integer Buff'd iSSE2 Memory Bandwidth 11.29 GB/s
Float Buff'd iSSE2 Memory Bandwidth 12.24 GB/s
Sandra memory latency  
Memory Latency 87 ns
Speed Factor 81.20
Sandra file systems  
Drive Score 103.23 MB/s
Random Access Time 2.16 ms
Gaming Performance
Crysis (Lowest graphics settings)  
1024 x 768, no AA/AF 22.4fps
1280 x 1024, no AA/AF 16.1 fps
Unreal Tournament 3 (Coret level, lowest graphics settings)  
1024 x 768 36.91 fps
1280 x 1024 23.06 fps