Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Next up, we ran a number of different test systems through Futuremark's PCMark Vantage system performance metric. 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 (up to three simultaneous threads), so the tests can exploit the additional resources offered by a multi-core CPU.
The Core i5 540M completely trounced the Core 2 Duo X9000-based system in all but the gaming and memories test, though the legacy machine has roughly a 300MHz clock speed disadvantage at stock frequency. Recall the Core i5 540M has Turbo Boost capabilities to 3.06GHz as well however. The Core 2 Duo Penryn system we tested here also has discrete graphics as well, so likely that's where its edge came from in gaming.