PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7
Next up, we ran our test systems through Futuremark’s previous generation total-system performance evaluation tool, 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. Since we have a large database of scores for this test, we felt it would be good to give you additional reference points to compare to.
Since the workloads in the tests that comprise this benchmark are relatively disk sensitive, the U300s slid right in about where we expected. Keep in mind though, these scores are actually VERY good in general for most all of the ultrabooks represented here. The other standard thin and light machines listed in the field simply can't keep up.
Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark suite, more recently released. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment. It combines 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing, and gaming.
Here the groupings are bit tighter for the ultrabooks in our test and we've come to realize that PCMark 7 is less disk sensitive and weights CPU and graphics performance slightly more heavily than PCMark Vantage does. Here, Lenovo's IdeaPad U300s pretty much keeps pace with the top two ultrabooks in our test, within a 5 - 8% margin.