The Sisoft Sandra 2009 benchmark utility just came out recently and we have started to include it in our benchmarking. With Sandra 2009 you can now easily compare the performance of the tested device with its speed and its (published) power (TDP)! Sandra XII SP2 also has SSE4 (Intel) and SSE4A (AMD) benchmark code-paths, which is great for those of you testing next-generation AMD & Intel chips.
Again, the MSI X340 Slim notebook’s memory bandwidth performance fares exactly where we would expect it to — between the netbooks and the gaming notebook. It seems the X340 is ending up a great all-around solution.
HDTune is a free benchmark that measures the disk’s transfer rates, access time, burst rate, and CPU utilization when reading from the disk.
When comparing to netbooks, the X340 has twice the capacity with a 320GB hard drive. While the transfer rates seem to be on-par, I was a little surprised with how high the burst rate scored!
Again, the MSI X340 Slim fares consistently better than the netbooks in this benchmark, just like we would expect it to. No surprises here.