SiSoftware Sandra and Cinebench Performance
We started off our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2012, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four 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 speed with 6GB of DDR3 RAM running in dual-channel mode.
Sandra helps make the case that despite the rugged exterior, there's plenty of beauty and nimbleness within. 6GB of DDR3 memory and a fast Core i7 helped it to soar in these tests, though memory bandwidth would likely be higher if a DDR3-1600 memory was in the mix, as is the case in certain Dell Ultrabooks recently.
Cinebench R11.5 benchmark is based on Maxon's Cinema 4D software used
for 3D content creation chores and tests both the CPU and GPU in
separate benchmark runs. On the CPU side, Cinebench renders a
photorealistic 3D scene by tapping into up to 64 processing threads
(CPU) to process more than 300,000 total polygons, while the GPU
benchmark measures graphics performance by manipulating nearly 1 million
polygons and huge amounts of textures.