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Futuremark PCMark Vantage


For our first round of caparisons we used Futuremark's PCMark Vantage Testing Suite. Windows Vista SP1 is used as the baseline of 100% to compare Windows 7 Beta 1 results, since specific benchmark datapoints will violate the Windows 7 beta EULA.  


Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Memories, Gaming, and Hard Disk Drive Tests

Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Memories' Test Description:
Memories 1 . Two simultaneous tasks. CPU image manipulation and HDD – importing pictures to Windows Photo Gallery
Memories 2 - Two simultaneous tasks. GPU image manipulation and HDD – video editing using Windows Movie Maker
Memories 3 - Video transcoding – DV to WMV9 - Transcoding from DV (720x480p 35.38Mbps) to a portable player (SD WMV9 320x240p 1.0 Mbps). Uses two coresif available.
Memories 4 - Video transcoding – VC-1 to WMV9 -Transcoding from media server archive (HD VC-1 1280x720p 11 Mbps) to aportable player (SD WMV9 320x240p 1.0 Mbps).


Here we see a noticeable gain in performance with Windows 7 Beta. This could be attributed to the inclusion of new codecs in Windows 7 that are better optimized for multi-core processors.



Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Gaming' Test Description:
Gaming 1 -GPU gaming - Performing basic GPU (graphics processing unit) tasksutilizing PS (pixel shader) 2.0 and VS (vertex shader) 2.0 operationsfound in most 3D games using DX (DirectX) 9. This test utilizes SM(shader model) 3.0 (if available) performance optimizations which doaffect visual quality.
Gaming 2 - HDD gaming
Gaming 3 - Two simultaneous tasks. Data decompression - Loading compressed levelfrom hard drive and decompressing it into system memory. CPU gaming -Executing heavy AI path finding algorithms. Uses all available cores upto 16 cores.
Gaming 4 - Three simultaneous tasks. GPU gaming- Performing basic GPU (graphics processing unit) tasks utilizing PS(pixel shader) 2.0 and VS (vertex shader) 2.0 operations found in most3D games using DX (DirectX) 9. This test utilizes SM (shader model) 3.0(if available) performance optimizations which do affect visualquality. CPU gaming - Executing heavy AI path finding algorithms. Usesall available cores up to 16 cores and HDD – gaming


The gaming test does not reveal a significant gain in performance over Windows Vista SP1 with Windows 7 prevailing by a mere 1% margin. 



Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Hard Disk Drive' Test Description:
HDD 1 - Windows Defender
HDD 2 - Gaming
HDD 3 - Importing pictures to Windows Photo Gallery
HDD 4 - Windows start up
HDD 5 - video editing using Windows Movie Maker
HDD 6 - Windows Media Center
HDD 7 - Adding music to Windows Media Player
HDD 8 - Application loading

In the Hard Disk Drive test Windows 7 Beta shows a 2% improvement over Vista SP1, which frankly is within this specific test's margin of error.
 

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