Next, we ran the test systems through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric built especially for Windows Vista, PCMark Vantage. This benchmark suite runs through a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by quad-core processors.
Built on the fastest desktop platform available to consumers, we expected excellent results from the Aurora ALX, and in this benchmark, we definitely got it. PCMark Vantage takes the performance of virtually the entire system into account and capably demonstrates the performance advantage that the Aurora ALX maintains over the reference systems. Beating the next fastest system by over 900 points, the Alienware system flexes its computing power and posts the highest PCMark Vantage score we've seen from any system so far.