Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook Review

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Cinebench & SiSoft SANDRA

We kicked off testing with Cinebench and SiSoft SANDRA. The SiSoft suite offers a range of diagnostic and system utilities, including several benchmarks. These tests are designed to test particular components, including the processor, memory, graphics card, and the computer's main storage device. 

Synthetic Benchmarks
 SiSoft SANDRA has a variety of tests that stress specific components or simulate certain tasks. We put the Aspire S7 through the CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, and Physical Disks tests. SANDRA receives frequent updates, so if you use the benchmark, check to make sure you have the latest version.

The Arithmetic test is a good measure of processor performance and the Aspire S7’s Core i5-4200U performs as expected, though it did finish a bit behind in the multi-media test.

The Acer Aspire S7’s memory score is a little on the low side, coming in just behind its closest competitor (in terms of relevant configuration), the Dell XPS 13. Still, the score gap isn’t wide enough to throw up any red flags. The Aspire S7’s storage performance, however, is noteworthy. The score shows just how blazingly fast an ultrabook can be with SSDs in a striped array. If you favor speed over capacity, this is clearly the way to go.

Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
Content Creation Performance
Based on Maxon Cinema 4D software, this test uses a 3D scene and polygon and texture manipulation to assess GPU and CPU performance. The Main Processor Performance (CPU) test builds a still scene containing about 2,000 objects for a total polygon count above 300,000. The Graphics Card Performance (OpenGL) scene uses nearly 1 million polygons and various lighting and environment scenarios to measure graphics performance. Cinebench displays results for the CPU test in points and the OpenGL (GPU) test in frames per second.

As you might expect, the Aspire S7 handled the OpenGL test very well, providing one of the top scores, though it couldn't top the larger Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro. The Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD maintains the crown in this category, but that’s comparing apples to oranges because the Zenbook has a discrete graphics card.

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