PCMark Vantage Performance
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.
The first thing that jumps right out in these PCMark Vantage test results is the huge advantage the Core i7 powered systems have in the Gaming test versus the competition. All of the Core i7 powered systems blow right past every other rig in the gaming test. In the other tests, the Core i7 remains in the lead, but by smaller margins. The affects of Hyper-Threading on the Core i7 Extreme 965's performance is mixed, with HT helping in some tests and hurting in others.