We ran a handful of processors and platforms, including the new Phenom II X4 955 BE and 945, 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.
The Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition performed very well in PCMark Vantage. Overall, it was obviously the fastest of all of the AMD processors we tested and in a few tests it even outperformed the Core i7 920. The Core i7 920 maintained an overall lead, however, and in the gaming test it simply couldn't be touched.