|ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AMD-890FX Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 27 May 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).
The stock-clocked Crosshair IV Formula and Crosshair III Formula motherboards are again neck-and-neck, with the 790FX-based Crosshair III actually pulling very slightly ahead in the TV and Movies and Gaming benchmarks. The 890FX-based board has a significant 12% advantage in the Music benchmark. Overclocked, the difference between the boards is within the margin of error for TV and Movies (less than 1% difference), but more significantly in favor of the 890FX board with 11% and 14% better performance in the Gaming and Music benchmarks.
One can always argue how relevant benchmark results are to real-world experiences, or how well they can serve as a predictor thereof. Of the tests in this suite, the TV and Movies is arguably the most "realistic" of the tests, and it's the one that shows the least difference between the platforms.