PCMark Vantage Suite
We also ran the GeForce 9300-based Asus and Zotac motherboards through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric built especially for Windows Vista, 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. Most of the tests are multi-threaded, so they can exploit the additional resources offered by a quad-core CPU.
The Asus and Zotac GeForce 9300-based motherboards we tested performed on roughly the same level--the Asus board finished ahead in a few tests, the Zotac board finished ahead in the others. In comparison to the Intel G45 motherboard, the GeForce 9300 generally trailed slightly in the application and productivity tests, but in the gaming tests the extra GPU horsepower afforded by the 9300's mGPU allowed NVIDIA's platform to finish way out in front.