PCMark Vantage Continued & 3DMark06
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
The Productivity test was the first that the K9A2 Platinum took the lead in, and it was a strong lead at that. Here the K9A2 managed to top the Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 by 198 points, which measures up to 5.6%.
The Vantage HDD suite includes the following tests:
HDD 1 - HDD: Windows Defender
HDD 2 - HDD: game HDD
HDD 3 - HDD: importing pictures
HDD 4 - HDD: Windows Vista start-up
HDD 5 - HDD: video editing
HDD 6 - HDD: Media Center
HDD 7 - HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player
PCMark Vantage's HDD test was another strong showing for the Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5. Here we recorded a wide margin of 8% over the 790FX, or 339 points.
3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance. Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering. The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.
When it comes to raw CPU performance, the K9A2 Platinum took a small lead over the elder 590 chipset, bordering on negligible. In this test we saw a 14 point lead overall, which is three quarters of a percentage point.