|ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO mATX AM3 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 06 April 2010|
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PCMark Vantage Benchmark Results
Using synthetic benchmarks to compare one product to another has some distinct advantages when testing similar hardware, yet I have never found myself completely satisfied by the process. I have come to understand that they're important for comparing "apples to apples", and that the results are usually very consistent. But as with any synthetic benchmark, the numbers can often mean very little more than just numbers. We don't take a high score on a synthetic benchmark to mean that a product will/should perform well, and neither should you. The difference between projected performance and actual performance is the difference between fire and the fire-fly.
PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Operating Systems. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista or 7 PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs.
Regardless of whether the person benchmarking is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.
TV and Movies Suite
The tests in the TV and Movies Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista TV and Movies Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common TV and Movies usage. The TV and Movies Suite gives a separate PCMark TV and Movies Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. TV and Movies Suite include the following tests:
The tests in the Gaming Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Gaming Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Gaming usage. The Gaming Suite gives a separate PCMark Gaming Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. Gaming Suite includes the following tests:
The tests in the Music Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Music Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Music usage. The Music Suite gives a separate PCMark Music Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. Music Suite includes the following tests:
As you can see, the M4A785TD-M EVO motherboard paired with the X2-255 processor has the clear advantage in the PCMark Vantage tests. The 785G Chipset, with its support for DDR3 memory, easily outpaces both of the older system configurations. While much of the difference here is due to the different hardware involved, it is most interesting that the M4A785TD-M EVO system easily outperforms Core 2 Duo machine by almost double in the Gaming benchmarks even when the on-board Radeon HD 4200 is competing against a 9800GTX+ graphics card. The increase in system bandwidth, processing power, and memory bandwidth certainly give us a clear winner with the M4A785TD-M EVO system.