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Futuremark PCMark Vantage Benchmark Overview

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General

TV and Movies Suite

The tests in the TV and Movies Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista TV and Movies Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common TV and Movies usage. TV and Movies Suite give a separate PCMark TV and Movies Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score.

High definition TV broadcasts and movies have arrived. Playing an HD DVD with additional HD content, a Blu-ray movie, or watching HDTV smoothly (while making a backup of an HD DVD by transcoding to a media server or transcoding from a media server archive to a portable media player) requires lots of computing and graphical power. Windows Media Center with a high performance HDD can handle simultaneous video recording, time-shifting, and streaming to an Extender for Windows Media Center, such as Xbox 360.

TV and Movies Suite includes the following tests:

  • TV and Movies 1
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback: HD DVD w/ additional lower bitrate HD content from HDD, as downloaded from net
  • TV and Movies 2
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 19.39 Mbps terrestrial HDTV playback
  • TV and Movies 3
    • HDD Media Center
  • TV and Movies 4
    • Video transcoding: media server archive to portable device
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 48 Mbps Blu-ray playback

The QX6850 just looks more and more impressive as we move through the remaining testing suites in PCMark Vantage; here it has a 26% performance lead over its dual-core competitors.  Interestingly, even though the Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 comes in second place, both of the Athlon 64 processors are very strong in this test and beat out the 2.66 GHz clocked Intel E6750 processor.

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