Toshiba Tecra A11-S3540 Review
SiSoftware SANDRA and Multimedia 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, CPU Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks).
CPU Arithmetic Test; Click to enlarge
CPU Multimedia Test; Click to enlarge
Memory Bandwidth Test; Click to enlarge
Physical Disc Test; Click to enlarge
The Tecra A11 performed about as well as we would expect in the Sandra benchmarks. Although the system wasn't the strongest performer here in terms of raw scores, it performed well especially for a business machine. These scores show there is some power underneath the hood of the A11, and in real-world use, the A11 held up to these expectations.
To test multimedia capabilities, we attempt to play back a 720p WMVHD 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.
720p WMVHD; Click to enlarge
1080p; Click to enlarge
1080p on Lenovo ThinkPad T410; Click to enlarge
1080p on Samsung 15.6" R580; Click to enlarge
As we might expect based on the scores we've seen thus far, the Tecra A11 had no problem with multimedia playback. Loading and playing 720p and 1080p content was easy and the machine did not feel taxed.