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,
CPU Arithmetic Test; Click To Enlarge
CPU Multimedia Test; Click To Enlarge
Memory Bandwidth Test; Click To Enlarge
Physical Disc Test; Click To Enlarge
Our gauntlet of SiSoftware SANDRA tests show nice performance gains in terms of CPU performance compared to Atom processors of the past few months. It even outpaces the dual-core Atom 330, which previously held quite a few top performance spots in the Atom family. The 5400RPM hard drive is obviously no race horse, but it's an easy thing to upgrade in the future should you choose to.
To test multimedia capabilities, we attempt to play back a 720p WMVHD clip, a 720p H.264 clip and a 1080p clip. We've also included a screenshot of the 1080p clip from the Mini 311 (which uses the original NVIDIA Ion GPU) to give you a better idea of CPU utilization from a slightly different type of system.
Click To Enlarge; 720 H.264 - Asus Eee PC 1215N
Click To Enlarge; 720p WMVHD - Asus Eee PC 1215N
Click To Enlarge; 1080p - Asus Eee PC 1215N
Click To Enlarge; 1080p on HP Mini 311 w/ Ion
In our video playback tests, we see that the 1215N is plenty capable of handling high-definition video. Both 720p and 1080p clips were perfectly smooth, even with applications running in the background. If you're only looking for good HD media playback (and don't much care about gaming), this netbook is a champ. We'd definitely trust it as a media playback device for HDTVs via HDMI.