SiSoftware Sandra 2009 has been released, and the application offers up a slew of new tests for benchmark-lovers to sink their teeth into. One of the main new additions to the application is the ability to benchmark graphics cards.
Traditionally SiSoftware Sandra is used for benchmarking things like CPU performance, hard drive performance and flash drive performance, among other things. The new SiSoftware 2009 application still offers up the tests the old version provided for testing storage, and now it adds the ability to benchmark the GPGPU (General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit), with two new benchmarks specifically for this purpose.
SiSoftware says that its new 2009 version will tell a user how fast their GPGPU can do raw calculations. The application uses the same sort of format that it uses for benchmarking CPUs. The GPGPU computational performance benchmark uses the Mandelbrot for its workload. This allows direct comparison of the performance of the CPU and the GPGPU with the same workloads.
The second GPGPU benchmark is memory performance. This test analysis how fast data can be transferred to and from the GPGPU. SiSoftware say key feature of the new 2009 release are the support for four architectures including X86, x64/AMD64/EM64T, IA64 (enterprise version only) and ARM. The application supports six languages including English and German. Support has been added for AMD Stream Computing GPGPU engine 2.0 and later and up to eight GPGPU's are supported.
The application has benchmarks for video graphics rendering that tests for performance with video decoding and encoding as well as game performance. Also available is a video graphics memory benchmark to test the bus bandwidth. Another new benchmark in the 2009 release is a cryptographic performance benchmark that supports AES and SHA.
Some reports are saying that the new SiSoftware Sandra 2009 benchmark will replace 3DMark for testing video cards. I don't really see that happening, at least not right away. The key to video card reviews is being able to make direct comparisons from card to card with the same application. I don’t see those who have long tested with 3Dmark simply tossing it out in favor of Sandra 2009. What I see is that the two applications will be used side by side. It's possible that Sandra 2009 could replace 3DMark eventually for video card benchmarking, but it's much more likely that additional benchmarks will simply become common among writers and benchmarking enthusiasts.Posted on