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.
The Maximus III Gene took home the PCMark Vantage crown with the best overall score. This board excelled in every aspect of this benchmark, and blew out the other boards in the music and communications categories. We attribute these results to the upgraded Creative X-Fi audio chip and some of the other optimizations made to make this motherboard squeeze more performance out of a small micro ATX footprint.