790i SLI Ultra: PCMark Vantage
We ran a handful of NVIDIA and Intel-based platforms, including the new nForce 790i SLI Ultra, 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 workload 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 as well, so the tests can exploit the additional resources offered by a quad-core CPU.
Looking at the individual PCMark Vantage benchmark results, its clear that the nForce 790i SLI Ultra is a high-performing chipset. In all but one test (Communications), the new nForce- 790i SLI Ultra based motherboard from EVGA and ASUS performed at, or near, the head of the pack. The gaming, memories, an productivity tests in particular paint the nForce 790i SLI Ultra in a very positive light. So far, those bandwidth and latency advantages seem to be paying dividends.