PCMark VantageFuturemark’s newest benchmark suite, PCMark Vantage, was released just a week or two ago and we published an initial article on the new software that looked at some CPU performance as well as providing overviews for all the individual testing suites it uses and what kind of applications they emulate. The new Vantage software takes a much more real-world user-scenario approach to testing that previous PCMark software and as such deserves more time our benchmark analysis.
If you haven’t yet done so, I would HIGHLY recommend you head over to my previous article that has a lot of detail on what these PCMark Vantage tests actually do. That will give you a better understanding of the results to aid in your potential purchasing decision.
The overall results show the Digital Storm system to be the fastest we have yet to test here at PC Perspective — and that’s saying something consider the hardware we have laid hands on recently. Our individual tests here show the DS system just slightly falling behind the QX9770 test system in our photo, TV and Movies test suites and not surprisingly behind in the gaming result as well. While this sounds counter-intuitive at first, considering that the PCMark Vantage test for gaming is run at a low resolution, the 3-Way performance isn’t going to help it much.
We’ll save our gaming performance conclusions for the real games later in the review.