MSI Wind U135 Netbook Review
SiSoftware Sandra 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). All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speed.
CPU Arithmetic Test; Click To Enlarge
CPU Multimedia Test; Click To Enlarge
Memory Bandwidth Test; Click To Enlarge
Physical Disc Test; Click To Enlarge
Here you'll see that the Wind U135 stacked up well against the competing hardware platforms, largely due to the fact that the Atom N450 is one of Intel's newest and most advanced Atom processors. It's obviously capable of providing more performance than the older N270 and N280 options, but it's not leaps and bounds better. The GMA 3150 does enable it to perform better with multimedia, though. The 5400RPM hard drive certainly isn't ideal for power users; an SSD would make this entire system feel worlds faster, but it would add significantly to the cost. Also, 1GB of DDR2 RAM is "enough," but 2GB would dramatically increase the speed at which multitasking could happen. If we were to suggest a single upgrade for you should you buy this, it would be doubling the RAM to 2GB; it's cheap and effective.