We ran both the AMD 780G and Intel G35 platforms through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric built especially for Windows Vista, PCMark Vantage. Our first hiccup came when the 780G system wouldn’t progress past the initial hardware scan. It turned out that one of the benchmark’s DLLs was failing to recognize the chipset and thus hanging up. A replacement file from AMD took us past that point. We’re always skeptical of tweaked .dlls coming from hardware vendors, but the fix was posted to Futuremark’s site and all was good. The next hang-up came from Intel’s G35 failing two of the eight test suites. As a result, Vantage refused to assign the G35 an overall score. Those tests that were scored are reflected below.
The first bar in each of the above graphs is AMD’s 780G running in Hybrid Graphics mode. You can see small boosts to the overall result, the gaming suite, the music suite, and the HDD suite. The 780G’s onboard UVD circuitry flexes its muscle in the TV and Movies battery of tests, while Intel’s G35 pulls off a win in the Communications module, which does a lot of multi-threading and data encryption.