General Performance: PCMark Vantage
Next, we ran our test motherboards through PCMark Vantage, Futuremark’s latest system performance metric built especially for Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage 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. Most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, so they can exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core CPUs.
For PCMark Vantage, we pit the two 785G boards up against AMD's top-end 790FX. Intel is also represented here by the G41 Express and NVIDIA GeForce 9300 chipsets. The Intel chipsets were powered by Core 2 Quad Q8200 processors while the AMD boards all used AMD Phenom II X3 720 processors. All boards were using their respective IGPs except the 790FX which doesn't have an IGP and was equipped with a GeForce GTX 280. Keep these configuration notes in mind when looking at the benchmark results.
Overall, the new 785G chipset performed very well, nearly matching up to the premium 790FX chipset.