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PCMark Vantage Continued

We continue our test coverage with a few more modules from the comprehensive PCMark Vantage suite of benchmarks, specifically Gaming, Music and Communications.

 Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Synthetic Benchmarks

Courtesy of 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

PCMark Vantage's 'Gaming' Test posted a bit wider results between the DDR2 and DDR3 configurations, with the DDR3 holding a 1.3% advantage over the DDR2 setup.  The 790FX based K9A2 Platinum and nForce 590SLI based GA-M59SLI-S5 both trailed quite a bit compared to the P35 Platinum Combo, due to the slower CPU.

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

The 'Music' test proved to be a strong point for the elder 590 SLI based board, topping the P35 Platinum Combo by 94 points with DDR2 and 117 points with DDR3.

Vantage Communications suite includes the following tests:

Communications 1 - Three simultaneous threads, Data encryption: CNG AES CBC, Data compression, Web page rendering: graphics content, 1024x768, windowed
Communications 2 - Three simultaneous threads. Web page rendering: open various news pages from IE 7 Favorites in separate tabs, close them one by one, Data decryption: CNG AES CBC, HDD: Windows Defender
Communications 3 - Windows Mail: Search
Communications 4  - Two simultaneous threads, Data encryption: CNG AES CBC, Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA - to simulate VOIP

With the Communications test, the scores leaned heavily in favor of the MSI P35 Platinum Combo, with the DDR2 configuration leading the DDR3 setup by 4.7% or 165 points.  The Athlon X2 5200+ comparison systems both trailed significantly, averaging a 12.7% minimum and 20% maximum.

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