Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Review

SiSoftware Sandra & Multimedia Benchmarks

Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2009
Synthetic Benchmarks

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, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks).

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 ThinkCentre M90z managed to hold its own, even against some parts that are typically only found in full-sized desktops. Nothing here really stands out one way or the other, which is to be expected for a machine of this caliber. It's an average machine for those needing to accomplish generalized tasks and no one should reasonably expect it to shatter any benchmarks.

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 a screenshot of the 1080p clip from the ASUS U43F (which uses a mobile Core i5 as well as Intel GMA HD Arrandale graphics) to give you a better idea of CPU utilization from a slightly different type of system with a somewhat similar CPU / GPU setup.

Click To Enlarge; 720 H.264

Click To Enlarge; 720p WMVHD

Click To Enlarge; 1080p

Click To Enlarge; 1080p on ASUS U43F with mobile Core i5 + GMA HD graphics

Despite only having integrated graphics and no discrete GPU, the M90z is able to play back high-def multimedia without breaking a sweat. In fact, the 720p clips barely taxed the system at all. We're confident that you could have a few batch processes going on in the background and still watch an HD clip without it stuttering.  That's pretty impressive for a machine with an IGP, then again, there's plenty of CPU power here to back it up.

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