Now let us put this puppy through its paces. Today we have some general benchmarks in store for you, along with some graphics benchmarks on the side and Windows Vista WEI scores for dessert. How does that sound?
The test setup is the notebook itself and the benchmarks installed. Look for the technical specifications on page 2. To gather some insight into the near future, this notebook was installed with both Windows XP and Vista and the benchmarks ran on both systems. In terms of operating systems, they were both cleanly installed and patched with the latest updates that were available at the time of testing. Other than that the operating systems have not received any special tweaking; quite simply put it is a benchmark of a system straight out of the box, just like how you would buy it.
Due to a lack of any reference systems for this review since we have only just started testing notebooks, we have pitted the notebook against itself, making it operating system versus operating system. All drivers were obtained through the Dell website. The graphics benchmarks are setup as default; only the resolution has been changed as appropriate.
Due to the lack of availability this review does not contain benchmarks from either Mobilemark or Sysmark. We hope to resolve this next time around, so stick with us for now. Let us begin!
Version and / or Patch Used: 2007 SP1
Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk
Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en
SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.
Save for the file system benchmark it seems Windows XP takes the lead. The spike is the multimedia test which scores way better in Windows XP than in Windows Vista.