|ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Thursday, 24 June 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 relevant PCMark Vantage is as a "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).
These results show an increasing level of disparity between the two platforms as you go from left to right. The TV and Movies set show a significant win for the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro platform and the i5-750. The gaming benchmark shows a 92% improvement in gaming performance between the best and worst performers. We'll be validating this later on, but I'll give you a hint: it isn't true.... On the Music benchmark, the P7P55 combination wipes the floor with the AMD Phenom II platform, offering 4x the performance.
It seems like TV &Movies and Music are the most realistic tests in this sett, and it's interesting that one shows the least difference between the platforms, while the other shows remarkably better performance; the P7P55D-E Pro is in a different league altogether for audio encoding.