Next we ran a number of processor and platforms, including all five of AMD's new desktop offerings, through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric built especially for Windows Vista, 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.
All of the new AMD Phenom II and Athlon II processor performed as expected in PC Mark Vantage, with one exception. For an unknown reason, the dual-core processors would fail during the Windows Media Encoder portion of the TV and Movies test. We informed AMD of the issue, but have yet to get a response. The Athlon II X2 250 performed about on-par with the Core 2 E6850--winning some tests and losing some others--whereas the Phenom II X2 550 outpaced Intel's 3.0GHz dual-core CPU across the board.