Futuremark’s 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 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.
PCMark Vantage is one of the most definitive synthetic benchmarks that gives hardware reviewers like me a comprehensive look at every performance category that users should care about in their PCs. The X79-UD5 edged out the X79A-GD65 (8D) by about 200 points for the overall results crown. The board’s strengths seem to be in the music, communications, productivity, and TV and movie arenas. Oddily enough, the X79-UD5 scored about 1,000 points lower than the X79A-GD65 (8D) in the gaming tests.This isn’t really consistent with the synthetic or real-world gaming benchmarks we recorded earlier in so we may need to take these scores with a grain of salt.