After careful consideration I have decided to transfer all hardware review activities to a new domain. I purchased Hardwareasylum.com in 2012 and have been working hard to build a new and improved Ninjalane on that domain. If you are reading this you have reached one of the archived articles, news, projects and/or reviews that were left behind during the site migration.
Please update your bookmarks and be sure to visit the new and improved Ninjalane at Hardwareasylum.com
1) it needs to be easy to obtain, either as a free download, or with a minimal cost to the end user
2) it needs to be accepted by the media providing their opinion on the products you wish to buy
3) the results need to be portable between opinion makers
In the early days of hardware review site owners where challenged in determining how best to present performance information. Some decided to create their own benchmarking suites and while these worked great for that particular site you could not compare numbers from Site A with results from Site B. Either the benchmark was not available or the testing parameters were not clear. Either way the results were met with varying degrees of success.
Believe it or not, but this is still a problem today. Benchmarking suites like Sandra help to minimize this.
We have been using SiSoft Sandra for over 10 years now and while it is not the only benchmark we use in our reviews you can find some aspect of it in each and every one, even back to the beginning.
Give it a try, you might be surprised.