PCMark VantagePCMark Vantage
Futuremark’s newest benchmark suite, PCMark Vantage, was released earlier this year 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.
As you can see, our PCMark Vantage results are riddled with zeros and questions. The zeroes are from where tests wouldn’t complete; obviously from a mix of the new operating system and the newer X58/P55 chipsets since the Core 2 and AMD systems went through without a hitch. The variances though, are very odd: one test puts the Core 2 Q9650 nearly 70% faster than the Core i7-975 which is nigh-on unbelievable.
On second thought, just ignore these results until we get answers from both Intel and Futuremark…