The developers of SiSoftware have released the fourth service pack for their benchmark program Sandra 2009. Sandra is short for System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant, and the program can display extensive information about the hardware and software present in the computer. In addition, a whole series of synthetic benchmarks can be unleashed on the computer. The brief announcement for the fourth service pack is as follows:
SP4 for SiSoftware Sandra 2009 Released
SiSoftware has announced the availability of Service Pack 4 (SP4) for SiSoftware Sandra 2009, the latest version of its award-winning utility.
From one service pack to another, we strive to increase support for new hardware and software; we have also improved various existing functionalities suggested by our users. This has only been made possible due to the valuable support and input from our hardware vendors.
- 1/100 ms accuracy for disk benchmarks (Physical Disks, File System, Optical Drives), which should be useful when testing SSD, flash or DRAM-based drives.
- GPGPU asymmetric load balancer: If you have different GPGPUs in your system, Sandra will now balance the load between them with significant performance increase. In the past if you had, say, a 9600GT + 9400 you would get ~ 2x 9400 performance; now you get ~ 90% (9600 + 9400) performance as you’d expect.
- AMD STREAM 1.4* support through Catalyst 9.2 and later.
- nVidia CUDA 2.1 support through ForceWare 182.xx and later. CUDA 2.2 to be supported when WHQL driver will be released.
- Note: CrossFire no longer needs to be disabled for multi-GPGPU support; however we have found some memory performance issues w/GPGPU mode ATI is investigating if you leave it enabled. So if you want best GPGPU performance disable CrossFire when testing GPGPU, naturally enable it for DirectX/OpenGL.
- GPGPU multi-card performance with Hyper-Threading: threads for each GPGPU card are now scheduled on physical processors first, then cores, etc. Thus if you have a 2 card setup on a 2x SMP system, each card will use a physical processor, rather than being on the same processor/core.
|Version number||2009.SP4 15.124|
|Operating systems||Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP x64, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows Server 2008|