Asus 13.3" UL30A CULV Notebook Review

SiSoft Sandra Benchmarks and Multimedia Testing

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2009
Synthetic Benchmarks

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2009, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant.  We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks). All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speeds of 1.3GHz with 4GB of DDR3-1066 RAM running in dual-channel mode.

CPU Arithmetic Test; Click To Enlarge

CPU Multimedia Test; Click To Enlarge

Memory Bandwidth Test; Click To Enlarge

Physical Disc Test; Click To Enlarge

As these tests show, the UL30 basically hung steady with the reference systems in most tests. It fell behind in a few benchmarks, but that's to be expected with a machine that is tailored to run cool and quiet while saving power for those on-the-go. We know it's growing tired, but again, we're impressed with how the UL30 stacked up with the others.

To test multimedia capabilities, we attempt to play back a 720p WMVHD clip, a 720p H.264 clip and a 1080p clip.

Click To Enlarge; 720 H.264

Click To Enlarge; 720p WMVHD

Click To Enlarge; 1080p

Even with a relatively weak integrated GPU (Intel's GMA4500 MHD), the UL30 handled most multimedia tasks with ease. YouTube, Flash videos and even 720p material were no problem. No skips at all, no stutters. Playback was perfectly smooth. However, our 1080p test clip would pause for up to five seconds at a time, rending the clip unwatchable. Bottom line? 720p is a go, 1080p is a no.

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