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Futuremark PCMark Vantage

For our next round of benchmarks, we ran the complete Futuremark PCMark Vantage test suite. This integral component of our testing toolbox provides a solid assessment of a system's overall performance.

"The PCMark Suite is a collection of various single- and multi-threaded CPU, Graphics and HDD test sets with the focus on Windows Vista application tests. Tests have been selected to represent a subset of the individual Windows Vista Consumer scenarios. The PCMark Suite includes CPU, Graphics, Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and a subset of Consumer Suite tests."

 Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 'Memories', 'HDD', and 'Communications'

The PCMark Vantage 'Memories' suite includes the following tests:

Memories 1 - Two simultaneous threads; CPU image manipulation; and HDD picture import
Memories 2 - Two simultaneous threads; GPU image manipulation; and HDD video editing
Memories 3 - Video Transcoding: DV to portable device
Memories 4 - Video Transcoding: media server archive to portable device

The 'Memories' test utilizes the CPU, GPU, memory, and HDD subsystems and therefore provides an excellent peek at a system's potential overall performance. The three systems compared here are all very evenly balanced, with the A305-S6845 almost imperceptibly nudging behind the other two systems.

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


As the name indicates, this test is designed to primarily isolate the performance of a system's hard disk. It shouldn't come as a surprise then to see the A305-S6845 with its 5,400-rpm-based primary hard drive not perform quite as speedily as that of the 7,200-rpm-based drives found in the X205 and C90S laptops.

The 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


This test relies heavily on the power of the CPU and the speed of the hard drive. The C90S takes the lead with its faster processor and hard drive combination. Curiously, even though the X205 has a faster hard drive, the A305-S6845 still gives a better showing on this test.

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