Dell Latitude E6530 Review: Business Class Performance

Futuremark 3DMark 06 / 11 and PCMark Vantage

We continued testing and fired up Futuremark's system performance benchmark, PCMark Vantage. This synthetic benchmark suite simulates a range of real-world scenarios and workloads, stressing various subsystem in the process. Everything you'd want to do with your PC -- watching HD movies, music compression, image editing, gaming, and so forth -- is represented here, and most of the tests are multi-threaded, making this a good indicator of all-around performance.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance

The full Vantage score is below.


Just look at that number. The E6530 performed like a thoroughbred here, with the Core i7 and SSD no doubt combining to demolish the benchmark. The TV / Movies and Gaming scores are a bit low, likely due to the integrated GPU, but this should make clear that this particular rig is no slouch.

Light Duty DX9 Synthetic Gaming

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.

The E6530 didn't blow us away as readily here, likely because a lot of this benchmark hinges on the GPU being dominant. Still, not too shabby overall, and really impressive when you remember that this machine was engineered for work first, play second.

Futuremark 3DMark11
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

Futuremark 3DMark11

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically bound to Windows Vista and 7-based systems because it uses the advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 11, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1080 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

3DMark 11 is still a relatively new benchmark, and we're still building up our database of machines that we've ran through this test. These were set on the "Performance" setting, just to give you a vague idea of comparisons. The E6530 actually landed pretty much in the middle of the rival pack, which is fairly impressive given its integrated HD 4000 graphics, which was also able to edge out even a couple of older discrete solutions. The full score is below.

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