Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Next up, we ran a number of different test systems 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.
From this point forward, we have a number of different data points available for your perusal. Not only did we put the new Core i7 870 and Core i5 750 through an extensive battery of benchmark tests, but we did the same with Socket 1366 and Socket 775 platforms, with similarly clocked chips, and also tossed in AMD's current flagship Phenom II X4 965 for good measure. We also tested a trio of P55 based motherboards from Intel, Asus, and Gigabyte, for reference purposes.
As you can see, the Core i7 870 handily outperforms the Core 2 offerings as well as the Core i7 920. The Core i5 750 also performs very well, trouncing the more expensive Phenom II X4 965 in some of the PCMark Vantage tests, and losing in others.