|Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge CPU|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 03 January 2011|
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PCMark Vantage Benchmark Tests
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 simulated 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 PCMark Vantage test are all over the place. This is likely due to the fact that much of the testing relies on components other than the CPU. While we kept the test systems as similar as possible, because of the different hardware required, it wasn't possible to only change the CPU. Interestingly enough, the Core i5-2500K outperformed the i7-920 by a consistent margin of about 3.5% in the TV and Movies suite, the Gaming suite, and in the overall PCMark score. In the music tests, it fails to overcome the i7-920.The same is not true with performance in comparison to the Phenom-II X4-975BE. The Core i5-920 marks gains of between 8.5% and almost 38%. The scores vary widely between AMD CPUs. Remember to consider the editor's note from the beginning of the PCMark Vantage tests carefully.