Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation Review

Cinebench and SiSoft SANDRA

We'll get this party started with Cinebench, a rather brutal benchmark that offers a pretty good indication of workstation performance, broken down by CPU and GPU.

Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
Content Creation Performance

Cinebench R11.5 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

Dell Precision M3800 Cinebench

Mobile workstations are a bit of niche product, and as such, we don't have a huge sample to compare with. However, you'll notice the hardware is similar among mobile workstations and consumer laptops, save for the GPU -- professional laptops tend to trade gaming grade GPUs for Quadro and FirePro parts.

In this case, the M3800's NVIDIA Quadro K1100M and Intel Core i7 4712HQ combination fared well. It posted strong scores that were only bested by Lenovo's ThinkPad W540, the only other true mobile workstation of the bunch with a higher end CPU and GPU combination.

SiSoft SANDRA 2013
Synthetic General Performance Metrics

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, File System).
Dell Precision M3800 Sandra Proc Arithmetic
Dell Precision M3800 Sandra Proc Multimedia
SANDRA CPU and Multimedia Benchmarks
Dell Precision M3800 Sandra Disks
Dell Precision M3800 Sandra Memory
SANDRA Physical Disk and Memory benchmarks

SiSoft SANDRA's synthetic benchmarks underscore how well balanced the Precision M3800 is. The CPU and multimedia scores are in line with what we expect from Intel's Haswell architecture, and the Physical Disk (534MB/s) and Memory Bandwidth (17.53MB/s) tests show impressive grunt from a thin and light machine.

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