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Futuremark PCMark Vantage (Cont.)

We continue our test coverage with more modules from the comprehensive PCMark Vantage suite of benchmarks.

 Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Gaming, Productivity, Music and Overall

Courtesy, Futuremark:  "Gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment for all ages. Today’s games demand high performance graphics cards and CPUs to avoid delays and sluggish performance while playing. Loading screens in games are yesterday’s news. Streaming data from an HDD in games – such as Alan Wake™ – allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action. CPUs with many cores give a performance advantage to gamers in real-time strategy and massively multiplayer games. Gaming Suite includes the following tests: "

Gaming 1 - GPU game test
Gaming 2 - HDD: game HDD
Gaming 3 - Two simultaneous threads, CPU game test, Data decompression: level loading
Gaming 4 - Three simultaneous threads, GPU game test, CPU game test, HDD: game HDD

This test gives a good example of how a solid-state hard drive can help with performance.  Even with the ASUS U6S running at 2.2GHz and the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 running at 1.2GHz, they returned nearly identical performance results.  Regardless, gaming is not the target audience with a product like this and the results prove it.

Vantage Productivity suite includes the following tests:

Productivity 1 -
Two simultaneous threads, Text editing, HDD: application loading
Productivity 2 - Two simultaneous threads, Windows Contacts: search, HDD: Windows Defender
Productivity 3 - HDD: Windows Vista start-up
Productivity 4 - Three simultaneous threads, Windows Contacts: search, Windows Mail: Run Message Rules, Web page rendering: simultaneously open various pages from IE7 Favorites in separate tabs, close them one by one

PCMark Vantage's 'Productivity' test continued to demonstrate how a solid state hard drive can pick up some of the performance lost by running a significantly slower CPU.  Here the Lenovo ThinkPad easily overtook both the ASUS U6S and the desktop replacement ASUS C90S, losing only to the potent Dell XPS M1730.

Vantage Music suite includes the following tests:

Music 1 - Three simultaneous threads, Web page rendering – w/ music shop content, Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless, HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player
Music 2 - Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
Music 3 - Audio transcoding: MP3 -> WMA
Music 4 - Two simultaneous threads, Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA, HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player

With the 'Music' test, the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 competed a step behind that of the ASUS U6S, returning competitive results to systems running a significantly faster CPU.

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