General Performance: SYSmark 2007 and PCMark Vantage
SYSmark 2007 testing suite uses typical work scenarios in the most popular applications and tasks.
We do not see the same impressive advantage of the new Penryn processors in the real applications as we have just seen in synthetic tests. Average performance difference between Yorkfield and Kentsfield working at the same clock frequency doesn’t reach even 2%.
The new PCMark Vantage testing suite for general performance analysis uses a slightly different approach. Instead of launching fully-fledged applications it emulates the work of widespread algorithms.
The results of PCMark Vantage are very similar to what we have just seen in SYSmark 2007. The average performance difference between Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is only 1.5%.