Next up, we ran a number of different test systems through Futuremark’s latest system performance evaluation tool, PCMark Vantage. 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 the tests can exploit the additional resources offered by a quad-core CPU.
The Asus and Gigabyte AMD 890GX-based motherboards we tested performed similarly in the PCMark Vantage benchmark. Overall, the Asus board had a slight edge, but they technically traded victories over one another depending on the particular test. The 890GX also performed about on-par with or slightly better than the 785G. We had suspected the 890GX would far a bit better here over the 785G due to its more powerful IGP, but Vantage didn't highlight the differences as much as he had initially thought it would. And somewhat lackluster drive performance held the 890GX systems back in areas like the productivity benchmark.