Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook Review

PCMark Vantage & PCMark 7

Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark suite, recently released last spring. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment. It combines 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, Web browsing, and gaming.

Futuremark PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance

PCMark 7 isn't quite as disk sensitive as PCMark Vantage (see below), hence why the Inspiron 14z is able to hang relatively close to systems armed with must faster storage devices. It's also interesting to see the Inspiron 14z pull ahead of the Alienware M18x.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated General Desktop Performance
Next up, we ran our test systems through Futuremark’s previous generation total-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.  Since we have a large database of scores for this test, we felt it would be good to give you additional reference points to compare to.

The benchmark divide between the Inspiron 14z and the systems equipped with fast SSDs is a bit more pronounced in PCMark Vantage, a benchmark that pays a lot of attention to disk performance. One thing to remember here, however, is that performance in frequently used applications will improve in time as the 32GB mSATA SSD priorities caching chores. If we were to run this benchmark multiple times, it's likely the score would increase with each subsequent run until reaching a performance plateau.

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