Next we ran a handful of processors and platforms through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric built especially for Windows Vista, PCMark Vantage. This benchmark suite 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. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by quad-core processors.
As expected, the Q8400 score just trailed the Q9400 running at the same frequency, but sporting a larger cache. Within this comparison group, the 2.8GHz Phenom II X4 920 led the pack with 5016 PC Marks.