Intel Core i7-2820QM Mobile Sandy Bridge Processor

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Futuremark PCMark Vantage Benchmarks

Next up, we ran a number of different test systems through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric, PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage runs through a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including HD TV and movie playback and video 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 multi-core CPUs.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance

The short story here is, obviously longer bars indicate better performance.  In this case, the new Core i7-2820QM handily out-paces Intel's legacy architectures in almost every test, with the exception of the NVIDIA GPU-equipped Core i7-920XM system in the Gaming test suite and even then it's a relatively close race.  In addition, if you look at the huge advantage the Sandy Bridge system has over the others in the Communications tests, it's obvious to see that Intel's new dedicated AES instruction set with dedicated hardware processing is kicking into gear nicely, nearly doubling performance of the previous generation Intel Arrandale dual-core architecture.

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