Performance and Benchmarks
The Toshiba Satellite A660/A665 is available in a number of configurations that offer impressive performance thanks to the combination of Intel Core-series processors, plenty of RAM, and either Intel integrated graphics or Nvidia dedicated graphics. Our review sample comes equipped with the new Intel Core i3-2310M processor and Intel HD graphics.
The Core i3-2310M is a “Sandy Bridge” processor with a 2.1GHz clock speed and the newest integrated graphics offering significant video playback and gaming improvements compared to the previous generation of Intel integrated graphics. Although the new Intel HD Graphics performance has improved, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that last year’s version of the A665 with Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics delivered essentially the same performance. Some of the benchmarks show the new A665 is superior while other benchmarks show the older A665 comes out on top.
The relatively slow Toshiba hard drive doesn’t do much to help in terms of overall system performance. I wouldn’t say that the hard drive is unacceptably slow, but it does limit the overall speediness of this laptop during startup and when you’re launching applications. On a happier note, the hard drive access panel on the bottom of the laptop lets you replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive (SSD) if you want extreme performance. Toshiba also offers pre-configured versions of the A665 with faster 7200rpm hard drives.
Wprime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark Vantage measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):