Futuremark’s newest benchmark suite, PCMark Vantage, was released in 2010 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 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.
Our PCMark Vantage results give us a good overall view of a motherboard’s strengths and weaknesses in a variety of areas that are important to PC users. The GA-E350N-USB3’s strengths in these benchmarks seemed to focus around the hard drive and gaming tests. However, it really fell behind the ECS E-350 board in most of our benchmarks, which doesn’t give us a warm fuzzy that the GA-E350N-USB3 is ready for primetime against other boards in its class.