|ASRock Vision 3D Blu-ray Compact HTPC|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 24 November 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).
TEST SUMMARY: With the understanding that the storage drive determines 40% of the score, all systems use the same OCZ Vertex SSD. The processor and graphics make up only 60% of the score, creating some room between notebook, HTPC, and desktop products. The ASRock Nettop ION 330 HTPC (1.6GHz Intel Atom N330/ION GT9400) generally scores the lowest of all system's tested, although the ION portion of this platform does it's part to boost gaming performance. HP's Pavilion DM3-1044NR notebook (1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU4100/4500M GMA HD) uses a mobile Pentium processor as a stepping stone between Atom and the Core i3 processor. With a show of force, the ASRock Core-100HT HTPC (2.13GHz i3-330M/GMA HD) works well enough for music and gaming, but isn't much better at TV and movies than a Pentium-M. ASRock's Vision 3D HTPC (2.4GHz i3-370M/GT425M) helps to bridge the between efficient compact and high-performance desktop (i7-930/GTX580) platforms, and clearly outperforms the other portable systems by a large margin.