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SiSoftware Sandra & Multimedia Benchmarks

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, Multimedia Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks). All of the scores reported below were taken with the system running in its stock configuration.

CPU Arithmetic Test; Click To Enlarge

CPU Multimedia Test; Click To Enlarge

Memory Bandwidth Test; Click To Enlarge

Physical Disc Test; Click To Enlarge

Our gauntlet of SiSoftware SANDRA tests show that the E-350 is capable of hanging with some pretty stout competition. There's no Atoms in this list of rivals; the E-350 has the capability to hang with more advanced CPUs, and as we've stated throughout, you feel it. At last, we see a netbook chip that makes the netbook experience one that's enjoyable.

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 Mini 311 (which uses the first gen NVIDIA Ion GPU) to give you a better idea of CPU utilization from a different type of system.

Click To Enlarge; 720 H.264 - X-Slim X370

Click To Enlarge; 720p WMVHD - X-Slim X370

Click To Enlarge; 1080p - TX-Slim X370

Click To Enlarge; 1080p on HP Mini 311 w/ Ion

We assumed the E-350 would be plenty capable of handling 720p and 1080p multi-media playback, and indeed it was up to the task. It actually pegged the system resources a bit higher than we had imagined, but loading the clips was quick and playback was perfectly smooth throughout. It may not be the same if you have encoding or number crunching going on in the background, but so long as you don't treat your X370 like a mobile workstation, you should enjoy crisp, stutter-free playback. Please note, however, that GPU accelerated Flash video playback is still a work in progress and will require updated drivers or a plug-in at some point.

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