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
See that Athlon Neo keeping pace with far more robust processors? It's definitely powerful versus some other low-power, mobile CPUs. The 5400RPM hard drive was certainly a bit slow compared to 7200RPM contemporaries, but all in all, we think the ThinkPad X100e showed well against the baseline configurations here.
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
Talked about a mixed bag. We had an easier time playing back a 1080p test clip than a 720p test clip, yet another 720p test clip played back perfectly fine--thre was probably an issue with a particular codec that came pre-installed. We wouldn't push things to 1080p unless we had to (the screen can't handle the resolutions anyway), but it can manage most HD resolution files just fine.