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 DG41MJ and the GF9300-D-E head-to-head. Overall the results the two boards post are very similar, however there were a few areas where they differed greatly. The DG41MJ performed significantly better in the TV & Movies benchmark as well as the Productivity test. However the GF9300-D-E clearly won the Gaming and Memory tests. SANDRA had shown that the GF9300-D-E had poor memory bandwidth compared to the DG41MJ. It seems PCMark doesn't agree. However, these two tests are very different and can't be compared really. The PCMark Vantage Memories tests isn't about memory bandwidth, it's about an end user usage model based on manipulating "memories" or images and pictures if you will. Here digital photos in HD format are stretched, flipped and rotated, which is something the GF9300-D-E excels at apparently.