Lenovo G530 Notebook Review

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Benchmarks (cont.)

SiSoftware Sandra
CPU, HDD, Memory

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.

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The Intel T3400 (2.16GHz) held its own in Sandra's CPU-specific test. As we've mentioned, it exhibited plenty of power for basic multitasking and light-duty multimedia playback, but it's certainly not potent enough to push any serious pixels in 3D gaming. Overall, results here were as expected.

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In the CPU multimedia testing, it managed to line up well with similar alternatives. It definitely didn't shock us with its multimedia prowess, but we were rather impressed with its ability to handle 720p content. For a $499 business notebook, that's a serious bonus. After all, even the Type-A among us can't survive without a break every now and then, right?

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Memory bandwidth was a bit lacking. Of course, it's not as if Lenovo's really aiming for speed here, but still, we expected a touch more from this test. That said, for $499, we're happy to forget all about the memory's lack of speed due to the sheer quantity of RAM available. 3GB is practically a necessity for Vista to run smoothly, so we're happy that Lenovo didn't attempt to cut any corners here.

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For a 5400RPM hard drive, the 250GB WD unit in our test rig held up quite well. It was outpaced here by a Samsung SSD, but barely. We were certainly impressed with the unit in real-world use as well, with no noticable lag in application loading stemming from a sluggish HDD.

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