The lasted build of SiSoft Sandra 2013, SP5, adds new features and moves to a more neutral testing scheme. The latest testing suite has a Mult-buffer Hashing (SHA cryptography) test using the latest AVX and SSE4 instruction sets. This test simulates real world computer processes like virus scanning, client/server IPC, backups, file synchronization, etc. This new test should give end users a better idea of overall CPU performance in these cases.
In addition to the new testing scheme, Sandra 2013 SP5 also includes a number of bug fixes and moves away from an Intel compiler in certain tests. The latter is to ensure fairness when comparing AMD CPUs to their Intel counterparts. All of these changes are to ensure the most accurate and reliable test results as possible for future use.
The software looks like its moving in a good direction towards neutrality and we promise that you will see Sandra in future CPU/APU tests here.