Maingear eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook Review

SiSoft Sandra & CineBench

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2011
Synthetic Benchmarks

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2011, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant.  We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks).
All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speeds of 2.2GHz with 8GB of DDR3-1333 RAM running in dual-channel mode.

Processor Arithmetic


Memory Bandwidth

Physical Disks

SiSoft Sandra didn't reveal any surprising; the eX-L 15 posted strong scores in all categories, though obviously the lack of an SSD holds the system back in the Physical Disks benchmark. That said, the Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid drive that Maingear includes is faster than a typical hard drive, the result of 32MB of cache and 4GB of SLC NAND flash memory.

Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Content Creation Performance

Maxon's Cinebench R11.5 benchmark is based on Maxon's Cinema 4D software used for 3D content creation chores and tests both the CPU and GPU in separate benchmark runs. On the CPU side, Cinebench renders a photorealistic 3D scene by tapping into up to 64 processing threads (CPU) to process more than 300,000 total polygons, while the GPU benchmark measures graphics performance by manipulating nearly 1 million polygons and huge amounts of textures.


The eX-L 15 continues to rock and roll with a relatively strong showing in the Maxon's brutal CineBench benchmark. Workstations and other systems built for professional tasks (like CAD work) tend to score better in CineBench, but as far as consumer rigs goes, Maingear's system did rather well.

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