Performance and Benchmarks
The Toshiba Satellite L740 and L745 Series is available in multiple configurations with either Intel or AMD processors. The Satellite L745D-S4220 is the least expensive configuration in this 14-inch family of laptops. This notebook uses the AMD “Zacate” E-350 accelerated processing unit (APU) which combines a dual-core CPU running at a 1.6 GHz clock speed with a Radeon graphics processing unit (GPU) on a single processor die.
The non-technical translation is that the L745D-S4220 uses a small-yet-powerful combination of processor and graphics that was designed to offer good performance and low power consumption at a low cost. Unfortunately, this also means that the L745D-S4220 has the worst performance among the L740/L745 series.
The E-350 processor and Radeon HD 6310 graphics offer more than enough power for basic computing tasks like writing school papers, browsing the web, editing photos or even watching HD movies on the Netflix website. However, if you’re planning to edit many HD home movies or you want to play the latest games you’re probably better off spending $100 extra to buy the Toshiba Satellite L745D-S4230 with AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M processor.
That said, even the slightly more expensive upgrade doesn’t solve the biggest problem with the L745D’s performance: a slow hard drive. Toshiba decided to use one of the slowest (if not the slowest) hard drives we’ve seen in recent memory. The Seagate 5400rpm hard drive used inside our review unit was so slow that it impacted everything from Windows startup to opening files. We know it was the slow hard drive at fault because after running our performance benchmarks we replaced the stock hard drive with a Western Digital 5400rpm hard drive and not only did the notebook startup faster but both the PCMark and 3DMark scores increased slightly.
Bottom line, the Satellite L745D-S4220 gives you better performance than a typical netbook but the hard drive is painfully slow.
Wprime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark 7 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):