|AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 27 April 2010|
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PCMark Vantage Test Results
PCMark Vantage is an objective hardware performance benchmark tool for PCs running 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7. PCMark Vantage is well suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista/7 PC: from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops, to dedicated workstations and high-end gaming rigs. Benchmark Reviews has decided to use a few select tests from the suite to demonstrate simulate real-world processor usage in this article. Our tests were conducted on 64-bit Windows 7, with results displayed in the chart below.
TV and Movies Suite
* EDITOR'S NOTE: Hopefully our readers will carefully consider how relative PCMark Vantage is as "real-world" benchmark, since many of the tests rely on unrelated hardware components. For example, per the FutureMark PCMark Vantage White Paper document, Gaming test #2 weighs the storage device for 100% of the test score. In fact, according to PCMark Vantage the video card only impacts 23% of the total gaming score, but the CPU represents 37% of the final score. As our tests in this article (and many others) has already proven, gaming performance has a lot more to do with the GPU than the CPU, and especially more than the hard drive or SSD (which is worth 38% of the final gaming performance score).
Beginning with the results from PCMark Vantage's TV and Movies benchmark, the Intel Core i7-980X leads the pack with a score of 6118, followed by the overclocked AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T with 6043. The stock speed AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T produces 5828, which is just slightly more than the 5740 points scored by the AMD X4-965. The Intel Core i7-920 produces 4985, and comes in last place for PCMark Vantage TV and Movies performance.
Taking my Editor's Note into consideration (see above), PCMark Vantage Gaming benchmark gives the test to Intel's Gulftown... and by a huge margin. It's too bad (for Intel) that real-world video games don't benefit nearly this much by the processor, or else the Video Game Benchmarks section of the Intel Core i7-980X review would have looked very different. It's a good thing that the PCMark Vantage Gaming benchmark can utilize up to sixteen processor cores... :)
Moving on to the Vantage Music tests, which weight the CPU for 75% of the score, we see just how well the added cores improve the transcoding process. While the Intel Core i7-920 delivers 8602 points and the Gulftown Core i7-980X improves upon it with 12665, the 3.4GHz AMD Phenom-II X4-965 tops them both with 12886. Even more impressive for AMD's Phenom-II series is the results for their X6-1090T Black Edition CPU, which produced 16292 points at stock, and 18227 overclocked to 4.0GHz with a 4.3GHz Turbo CORE. Clearly, this is the ideal route for enthusiasts who encode their own video and transcode various audio formats.
While I'm not in agreement with the weighted importance of certain hardware components in the gaming tests, nor do I think that 1024x768 resolution without anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering effects is representative to the "consumer experience" as Futuremark puts it, I will agree that the TV & Movies and Music test results are fairly representative of the real-world experience. In both of these tests, the AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition CPU was favored heavily over the others, especially the more expensive Intel Core i7-980X.