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PCMark Vantage x64

Publisher: Futuremark

PCMark Vantage x64 is a Vista-only 64-bit productivity benchmark that tests a range of standard application types providing a general performance number in respect to other systems.

It tests multi-core processors and requires a processor with at least SSE2 support and a graphics card that supports Shader Model 2.0 or higher.

There are test scenarios for High Definition TV and Movies, Gaming, Memory, Music, Communications, Internet, General Productivity and Hard Drive. They cover the broad range of typical software a PC user will use and acts as a good "one stop" benchmark for general system performance.

PCMark Vantage x64

PCMarks

  • Core i7 965 (4x3.2GHz, Turbo disabled, SMT enabled)
  • Core i7 965 (4x3.2GHz, 6.4GHz QPI, SMT disabled)
  • Core i7 965 (4x3.2GHz, 6.4GHz QPI, SMT enabled)
  • Core i7 940 (4x2.93GHz, 6.4GHz QPI, SMT enabled)
  • Core i7 965 (4x3.2GHz, Dual Channel, SMT enabled)
  • Core 2 Extreme QX9770 (4x3.2GHz, 1,600MHz FSB, DDR3)
  • Core i7 965 (4x3.2GHz, 4.8GHz QPI, SMT enabled)
  • Core 2 Quad Q9650 (4x3.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, DDR3)
  • Core i7 965 (4x3.2GHz, Single Channel, SMT enabled)
  • Core 2 Extreme QX9770 (4x3.2GHz, 1,600MHz FSB, DDR2)
  • Core 2 Quad Q9550 (4x2.83GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, DDR3)
  • Core 2 Quad Q9650 (4x3.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, DDR2)
  • Core 2 Quad Q9550 (4x2.83GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, DDR2)
  • Core i7 920 (4x2.66GHz, 6.4GHz QPI, SMT enabled)
  • AMD Phenom X4 9950 BE (4x2.6GHz, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Core 2 Quad Q9450 (4x2.66GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, DDR3)
  • Core 2 Quad Q6700 (4x2.66GHz, 1,066MHz FSB, DDR3)
  • Core 2 Duo E8500 (2x3.16GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, DDR3)
  • Core 2 Quad Q6700 (4x2.66GHz, 1,066MHz FSB, DDR2)
  • Core 2 Quad Q9450 (4x2.66GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, DDR2)
  • AMD Phenom X4 9850 BE (4x2.5GHz, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Core 2 Duo E8500 (2x3.16GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, DDR2)
  • AMD Phenom X4 9750 (4x2.4GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
    • 6279.0
    • 6171.0
    • 6049.0
    • 6028.0
    • 5725.0
    • 5700.0
    • 5680.0
    • 5637.0
    • 5613.0
    • 5519.0
    • 5359.0
    • 5343.0
    • 5299.0
    • 5151.0
    • 5011.0
    • 4790.0
    • 4782.0
    • 4653.0
    • 4575.0
    • 4555.0
    • 4529.0
    • 4453.0
    • 4318.0
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As an arbitrary benchmark, PCMark Vantage x64 doesn't seem to like the extra Core i7 features and with Turbo Mode and SMT disabled the performance improves here. There's a greater emphasis on memory performance too as the dual and single channel scores are lower than before. However, clock speed also seems also important because the Core i7 920 is half way down the table and even below the Q9550.
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