|Zotac H55ITX-C-E Mini-ITX WiFi Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Wednesday, 13 October 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).
Our results get significantly better in this benchmark. The H55ITX-C-E has a 10%-15% advantage over the competition with the same configuration, which is kind of weird, but we repeated our tests several times to confirm everything was alright. When overclocked, this platform can get up to 20% extra performance easily, and that boost is noticeable in every benchmark of the PCMark's suite. The only result we didn't expected to get that good when overclocked, was the Gaming suite. It seems like the iGPU is being feed with a nice boost over the rest, and this is easily noticed because GPU/3D tests normally don't care that much about CPU frequency. We'll check this again when we test other 3d related benchmarks.