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Futuremark PCMark Vantage Continued

We continue our test coverage with more modules from the comprehensive PCMark Vantage suite of benchmarks.


 Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Productivity, TV and Movies, and Music


The 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

 

Similar to the 'Communications' test, the 'Productivity' test also stresses the CPU and hard drive. Unlike the 'Communications' test, however, the A305-S6845 lags behind the other two systems by a large margin. The scenarios here rely more heavily on the interaction between the CPU and the hard drive, therefore giving the advantage to systems with speedier CPU and hard disk subsystems. It is important to keep in mind, however, that many of today's mainstream productivity applications require fairly minimal resources and therefore don't require much in terms of CPU or hard disk speed. It's when multiple applications are performing several functions simultaneously that the true performance potential of a system is called into action.



The Vantage 'TV and Movies' suite includes the following tests:

TV and Movies 1 - Two simultaneous threads; Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive; Video playback: HD DVD w/ additional lower bitrate HD content from HDD, as downloaded from the net
TV and Movies 2 - Two simultaneous threads; Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive; Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 19.39 Mbps terrestrial HDTV playback
TV and Movies 3 - HDD Media Center
TV and Movies 4 - Video transcoding: media server archive to portable device; Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 48 Mbps Blu-ray playback

 

Sometimes the results we generate surprise us, and such as this case with the A305-S6845's performance on this test, which relies heavily on the CPU, GPU, and HDD subsystems. Not only did the A305-S6845 outperform the X205 by about 16 percent, but it was even 10 percent faster than the C90S, despite the fact that the C90S has a faster CPU and hard drive.



The 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

 

Similar to the 'Communications' and 'Productivity' tests, the 'Music' test gives the CPU and hard drive subsystems a good workout. And like the 'Communications' test results, we saw the A305-S6845 land in the middle of the pack. It is still somewhat surprising that the A305-S6845 does better than the X205, considering that the X205 has a faster hard drive.
 

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