We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2009, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks). All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speeds of 2.53GHz with 4GB of DDR3-800 RAM (2.96GB usable thanks to the preinstalled 32-bit version of Windows 7 Professional) running in dual-channel mode.
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Overall, the ThinkPad T400s Multi-Touch performed about as expected, coming in mostly higher than other products in the range. We weren't shocked by any of the results given just how snappy the machine felt in real-world use, and we don't need benchmarks to tell us whether a machine feels nimble or sluggish. That said, the rig held its own in testing, and it proved that having a fast CPU and an SSD can really improve the user experience.
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Even with a relatively weak integrated GPU (Intel GMA 4500 MHD), the T400s Multi-Touch managed to handle every multimedia clip we threw at it with poise. The machine was never truly strained, even when playing a 1080p clip. Framerates were smooth and there were no stutters to speak of. We were quite surprised to see how well it handled intensive multitmedia.