Dell XPS 14 Notebook Review: Optimus Infused

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SiSoft Sandra & CineBench

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2009
Synthetic Benchmarks

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2010, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and ReportingAssistant. 
All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clockspeed with 4GB of DDR3-1066 RAM running in dual-channel mode.

Sandra results were a mixed bag. In terms of CPU performance, Dell's XPS 14 stood tall and only trailed Lenovo's quad-core machine. When we switched our focus to memory bandwidth, however, the XPS 14 slid down to the bottom, though within spitting distance of the Asus U43F.
Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Content Creation Performance

Maxon's 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.

If those scores look ugly, it's because that's by design. CineBench is absolutely brutal on mobile machines and even most desktops, as it focuses heavily on 3D content creation. So while the 2.16-point CPU score might seem woefully low, it's actually fairly respectable when you consider AVADirect's Clevo X1800 Core i7 desktop replacement system pulled in a score of just 3.39 points. Regardless, the XPS 14 isn't the machine for serious CAD design.

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