Sony VAIO CA Series review: Performance
Mobile Mark: 281
3D Mark: 12,373
We've seen a lot of new laptops incorporating Intel's powerful Sandy Bridge chipset, and the scores we've achieved from our benchmark tests have been very impressive indeed, with a clear leap in performance over the original Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs.
The Sony VAIO CA uses an Intel Core i5-2410M running at 2.3GHz, with 4GB of DDR3 memory. Once again, performance is excellent, so you can comfortably run a number of applications at once with no lag or stuttering.
We witnessed a similarly strong effort from the new Sony VAIO S Series, which uses the same Core i5 chipset. The Dell XPS 17 managed to wring even more power from the 2410M in our benchmark tests, with the same amount of memory, although the difference isn't enough to favour one over the other.
Sony has also slotted a dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6470M GPU into the VAIO CA. While the card can't handle the latest games without the detail settings dropped, it still does an admirable job with multimedia applications such as video editing software. You'll also be able to watch HD films, although the screen doesn't quite do them justice.
Sadly, this combination of Sandy Bridge power and dedicated graphics really takes its toll on the battery. We only got around three hours of life with brightness turned down to 50 per cent, which dropped further when watching DVDs. Anyone looking for portability would be better suited by the Sony VAIO VPCSB1V9E, which lasted almost five hours away from the mains.