SiSoftware Sandra Benchmarks and Multimedia
We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2009, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic,
CPU Arithmetic Test; Click To Enlarge
CPU Multimedia Test; Click To Enlarge
Memory Bandwidth Test; Click To Enlarge
Physical Disc Test; Click To Enlarge
The most telling statistic here is the comparison with the 1.66GHz Atom N280; the N470 is just a touch faster, and while we appreciate the increase in speed, we hope Intel does more with future iterations. We feel like Intel is holding back on us since they know the existing Atom lineup will sell just fine, but it's clear from the benchmarks that we're just getting small bumps in performance where we should be seeing larger leaps.
To test multimedia capabilities, we attempt to play back a 720p WMVHD clip, a 720p H.264 clip and a 1080p clip. We've also included two screenshots of the 1080p clip from prior test rigs to give you a better idea of CPU utilization from rival systems.
Click To Enlarge; 720 H.264
Click To Enlarge; 720p WMVHD
Click To Enlarge; 1080p
Click To Enlarge; 1080p on HP Mini 311 w/ Ion
The iPad may not be able to handle Hulu (or any Flash), but the IdeaPad S10-3t can't either. The weak CPU and weak GPU combination left it hobbled when it came time to test out the multi-media playback capabilities, and both 720p and 1080p files heavily taxed the machine. Light YouTube playback and VGA-quality clips should be fine, but you'll have a tough time playing back high-res files. It's a shame too, since the machine loses some luster when you realize that you can't even watch a 720p movie trailer without noticeable lag.