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 ThinkPad T410 wasn't the strongest performer here in terms of raw benchmarks, but that's to be expected on a business machine. What's notable is just how well it stacked up actually. Still, these scores prove that there's some power underneath the all-business hood, and in real-world use, it felt plenty fast for the average end user.
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
Click To Enlarge; 1080p on Asus Eee PC 1201N w/ Ion
This machine isn't cut out for hardcore gaming, but it's perfectly capable of dealing with your multimedia collection. Both 720p and 1080p movie clips played back without issue, and in most cases, the CPU utilization hovered at or near 10% - 20%. A few intense scenes pushed that up to around 35%, but never did the clip stutter or pause. We even had a few things going on in the background, and never once did the video stall. In short, you shouldn't worry about this notebook not being able to play back whatever content you've got laying around on the hard drive or streaming in; even up to 1080p, it'll play back perfectly smooth.