We ran a handful of processors and platforms, including the new Phenom II X4 940 and 920, 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.
AMD's new Phenom II X4 940 and 920 processors performed very well in PCMark Vantage. The most interesting comparison is between the similarly clocked 3.0GHz Q9650 and the X4 940. In a direct comparison, the Core 2 Quad Q9650 outperforms the Phenom II in the the Music and Memories tests. The Gaming test was a virtual tie between the two, and the Phenom II takes the rest. The Phenom II holds its own against the Core i7 920 in a few tests too, but gets smoked in the gaming test.