Sony VAIO Y Series Notebook Review

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SiSoftware Sandra Benchmarks and Multimedia

Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2009
Synthetic 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

Much like the ThinkPad Edge 13", the VAIO T was a pretty middle-of-the-road contender in most of these tests. The 5400RPM hard drive wasn't exactly the fastest thing we've tested (an SSD in here would really make the system scream), but having 4GB of DDR3 memory certainly helped. For a CULV-based ultraportable, the numbers aren't too shabby, and real-world performance was better than expected.

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 20% - 30%. A few intense scenes pushed that up to around 50%, 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 rig not being able to play back whatever content you've got laying around on the hard drive; even up to 1080p, it'll play back perfectly smooth.

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