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Futuremark PCMark Vantage (cont'd)

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Music, Communications, and Overall Tests

Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Music' Test Description:
Music 1 - Three simultaneous tasks.Web page rendering – music shop - Opens music shop kind of content.Audio transcoding – WAV to WMA lossless. HDD – adding music to WindowsMedia Player
Music 2 - Audio transcoding – WAV to WMA lossless
Music 3 - Audio transcoding – MP3 to WMA
Music 4 - Two simultaneous tasks. Audio transcoding – WMA to WMA. HDD – adding music to Windows Media Player

Windows 7 Beta 1 really flexes its muscle here by showing a significant 27% increase over Vista SP1. Once again this reveals the improvements Microsoft has made to multimedia and transcode components of the new OS.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Communications' Test Description:
Communications 1 - Three simultaneous tasks. Data encryption – CNG AES CBC. Data compression. Web page rendering – pictures - Opens a web page with many large pictures.
Communications 2 - Three simultaneous tasks. Web page rendering – favorites group parallel - Opens various news pages from IE Favorites in separate tabs and closes them one by one. Data decryption – CNG AES CBC. HDD – Windows Defender
Communications 3 - Windows Mail – searching - Searches mails for words in the message body, subject and sender.
Communications 4 - Two simultaneous tasks. Data encryption – CNG AES CBC. Audio transcoding – WMA to WMA - Measures audio transcoding performance in VOIP usage.

Windows 7 Beta 1 again shows significant gains over Vista SP1 in the Communications test. The new version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser is sure to be a factor here.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage Overall Score Test Description:
The PCMark Suite is a collection of various single- and multi-threaded CPU, Graphics and HDD tests with the focus on Windows Vista application tests. Tests have been selected to represent a subset of the individual Windows Consumer Scenarios. The PCMark Suite includes a subset of Consumer Suite tests.

Overall Windows 7 Beta 1 has a very significant 20% gain in performance as compared to Windows Vista SP1. Once again this is quite an impressive showing on the part of the new OS, especially since it is still in the beta phase.

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