We ran a handful of processors and platforms, including the new Phenom X3 8750, 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 new Phenom X4 9950 and 9350e performed just as expected in the PCMark Vantage suite of benchmark tests. The 9950's higher clock speed make it the fasted AMD CPU released to date, but the 9350e has trouble hanging with any of the competing offerings tested here.