Test System and PCMark Vantage
EVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW Digital PWM
ASUS EN9800GTX TOP
Crucial Ballistix DDR3 PC3-16000
Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
NVIDIA Forceware v178.24
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.
The Intel X38 Express board actually edges out the EVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW Digital PWM in our first round of tests. We aren't surprised that the results are close, but we are a surprised that the EVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW Digital PWM wins only one of the tests (Communications).