|ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Thursday, 15 July 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 a fair amount of consistency as you go from left to right, until you get to the Music benchmark, where the AMD 720BE on the M4A79T platform falls down relative to the newer AMD CPU and chipset. The TV and Movies set show a significant win for the ASUS P55 platform and the i5-750, beating the best AMD score by over 50%. 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/i5 combination beats the AMD 880G/555BE pairing again, offering 37% more performance. I suspect the poor performance of the 790FX/720BE on the music test is down to data writes to the SSD in that system, it's an older JMicron-based model that doesn't support TRIM.
As a whole, these results reinforce a couple of things for me. One, the P55/i5 combo is in a different league altogether for all these tests. Of course, the processor itself costs twice as much as the two AMD Phenom II choices included here, so it's not unexpected. Secondly, I'm impressed by the performance of the 880G/555BE pair on the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard. The easy overclocking and performance scaling pushes it past a triple-core CPU from the same family, running on a high-end board with the best performing 700-series chipset available from AMD. That's progress...