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).
CPU Arithmetic Test; Click To Enlarge
CPU Multimedia Test; Click To Enlarge
Memory Bandwidth Test; Click To Enlarge
Physical Disc Test; Click To Enlarge
You'll notice that the Atom 330 CPU stomps the single-core options that it is tested against, and it certainly felt that much faster in use. Granted, a full-fledged Core 2 Duo makes it look shameful, but remember that we're talking about a sub-$500 netbook here. Memory Bandwidth and the HDD test both showed some weaknesses, and we agree with the numbers; booting up applications did indeed feel a touch slow.
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 two screengrabs of the 1080p clip from prior test rigs to give you a better idea of CPU utilization from rival systems.
Click To Enlarge; 720 H.264
Click To Enlarge; 720p WMVHD
Click To Enlarge; 1080p on Asus Eee PC 1201N w/ Ion
Click To Enlarge; 1080p on HP Mini 311 w/ Ion
Click To Enlarge; 1080p on Lenovo S10, Atom + 945GME